[ View the story "Syria's humanitarian crisis" on Storify] Syria's humanitarian crisis Besieged Syrians battle with starvation and sickness as they try to survive the country's civil war.
The Stream· Thu, Mar 06 2014 08:46:06
As Syria's war enters its third year, an
estimated 9.3 million Syrians inside the country require urgent aid. According to the United Nations Independent Commission of Inquiry, the Syrian government is waging a “starvation until submission campaign,” against more than 250,000 people that still remain under seize . Analysts say the government is using food to develop patronage and punish those that stand against it. The report also said that opposition groups had also laid siege to pro-Assad towns like Nubul and al-Zahraa in Aleppo. .@madeleine
Albright on #assad regime:"I am particularly stunned how food is being used as a weapon of war." @aspenmideast #SyriaCrisisMehrunisa Qayyum
In the video below this man says he cannot remember the last time he ate:
Syrian Revolution.Starvation in Al Yarmouk Camp in Damascus coz of Assad's siegثManu Jack
The situation is particularly
dire in places like Yarmouk, Maudamiyah, and Homs where aid convoys are allowed limited access on the pretext that the camps are harboring terrorists.
The map below highlights the regions currently under seize:
clashes between Syrian rebels and government forces this week have brought all food deliveries to a halt. Pro-government forces have blamed al-Qaeda-linked al-Nusra Front for infiltering the camp.
Reports that ISIS infiltrated Yarmouk Camp. How did a major militia sneak in, when nobody could even get food in previously?DavidKenner
A photo released by the
U.N. Relief and Works Agency that went viral demonstrates the scale of devastation within the camp as people line up for food packages:
While we stand in line waiting for coffee complaining about the delay, ppl line up in a huge queue for food in Syria.
Profound photo of residents in Yarmouk, a Palestinian neighborhood in Damascus, waiting for food aid
If there's one photo that captures the crisis in Syria, this is it. "Trapped Syrians Line Up For Food Aid"
An eight month siege of Yarmouk has
forced most of its 20,000 trapped refugees to live off water, weed and grass. Depending on the level of access to the camp, the UN relief agency has managed to distribute approximately 7000 food parcels since January. Such intermittent relief has led to the death of around a 100 people.
They are some of 20k Palestinians at Yarmouk refugee camp near Damascus being starved by Assad for months @mawaubergine @UNRWALaura Rozen
Anyone who writes about the man-made catastrophe in #Yarmouk without acknowledging that Assad controls the main entrance is basically lying!Hussein Ibish
This video shows the impact malnutrition has had on children:
معضمية الشام الشهيد الطفل طير من طيور الجنة عماد شحادة صوان نتيجة سوء الرعاية الصحية 04-09-2013kingtaloman
In places like Homs and Aleppo, desperate conditions have led local Imams to
permit residents to eat cats and dogs, normally forbidden in Islam.
Cats,rats, dogs disappeared & nothing left. Shame on this world who allows Assad to create such horrific heartbreaking tragedy.Fadi Adami
Yarmouk Palestinian refugee camp is starving. Imams in Yarmouk issued a fatwa that the people can eat cats and dogs to survive. #Syria Racan
people in #Syria are eating RATS and CATS out of starvation. Subhanallah. God make it easier for them!Λli- علي
On February 23, the UN Security Council
approved a resolution demanding that both the government and opposition groups grant humanitarian access to the seized regions.
Situation totally unacceptable. International community called for immediate action but no significant progress on the ground #SyriaCrisisValerie Amos
1/3 I hope the Security Council humanitarian resolution will facilitate delivery of aid to people in desperate need in #SyriaValerie Amos
Aid must not be held hostage or used as a bargaining chip. #Syria's ppl need food, water & vital medical care
No #UNRWA food distributions in #Yarmouk despite Security Council's unanimous threat of further steps if non-compliance with resolution 2139Chris Gunness
The UNWRA plans on holding a Thunderclap campaign with hashtag
to create pressure on the Syrian government to allow humanitarian convoys free access to distribute aid:
Amazing photographs from UNRWA of our work in #Yarmouk #Syria
reconnect with me.News Soon of a Thunderclap #LetUsInChris Gunness