SYRIA DROUGHT TO DEEPEN FOOD CRISIS
April 9, 2014 - The United Nations has warned that a looming drought in Syria could push millions more people into hunger and exacerbate a refugee crisis caused by the three-year conflict.......
SYRIA - MANY WOMEN & CHILDREN SUFFER HUNGER & STARVATION - IN SYRIA CONFLICT, IN TRANSIT TO ESCAPE, AS REFUGEES IN NEIGHBORING COUNTRIES
Some mothers gather leaves, roots, to feed their starving children. Some aid is blocked for reasons of militants, conflict in action, politics.
Syrian woman carrying children
following airstrikes on a rebel area of the war-torn northern city of
By: Muhannad Hadi of World Food Programme - March 18, 2014
Consider for a moment the profound impact that Syria’s unrelenting war – entering its fourth year this week with no end in sight – has had on the lives of the millions of individuals who have lost everything.
How many Syrian children are growing up who now know nothing but war? How many were born amid the sound of gunfire and explosions? Why do so many go to bed with empty stomachs? I have three sons myself and these questions trouble me.
Just last night, hundreds of Syrian families were torn apart as mothers and children crossed borders under the shield of the darkness to find safety abroad. This morning, exhausted refugees huddle at borders awaiting the unknown. Right now, others are trying to adjust to refugee camps in foreign countries; a sense of homelessness, confusion and loss overcomes them.
This, like a recurring nightmare, has repeated itself every day for three years for millions of Syrians – and it continues.
As the war drags on and on, the biggest
challenge for the United Nations World Food Programme is
reaching these people in
There are the people forced to gather
leaves, roots and grass in a bid to quell their children’s hunger. They cannot
fathom why this became their reality, a daily shame for parents. What excuse
can we give to Syrian mothers who have no food to give their children? Talk of
“access constraints,” “funding gaps” and “insecurity” is unacceptable to a
hungry child or desperate mother in
Just three years ago,
No child should go hungry. No child should wake up to the sound of gunfire and live in constant fear. No parent should feel ashamed at what they have been reduced to in the eyes of their children.
Every one of us can do something – however big or small – to end the agony of the Syrian people. The actions we can take are countless, whether as individuals, groups or governments. But whatever you do, remember the eyes and tears of skinny children and their parents trapped in besieged areas.
Muhannad Hadi is the World Food Programme’s Regional Emergency Coordinator for the