Like most of the world, the refugee Olympic team has indeed warmed our hearts. Syrian refugee Yusra Mardini's story of swimming for her life and many others is important and powerful for the world to hear. But we have to echo the frustrated commentary of people who have been frantically trying to bring attention to the plight of refugees for years. It's obscene that refugees have to be Olympians for the world to take notice and care. Non-Olympic Syrians continue to suffer grave conditions in Syria and in countries they have fled to, all the while certain U.S. personalities keep threatening to end U.S. programs which help Syrians escape ISIS. Judging by U.S. media coverage, we'd bet only close observers in America know that the raging fighting in Aleppo is now commonly referred to as "The Great Battle of Aleppo." Aleppo has been under siege for almost four years - - and the battle between the Syrian government (with Russian air backing) and the Syrian opposition (with U.S. support but not involvement) has rendered the city nearly doctor-less, closed off to humanitarian re-supply or escape, and the epicenter of the civil war. Yesterday, Russia announced they would pause their air raids for 3 hours a day - which is neither generous nor helpful to the opposition held areas they've been bombing alongside the Assad army, who reportedly used chlorine in an attack last week. It is an impossible story that a Syrian escaped Damascus to swim for gold at the Olympics, but it is an even more impossible to bring an end to the suffering when only a concerned few are paying attention to the war's most important and devastating battle to date.

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