A Syrian activist, Mazen Burhan, said on Sunday in Madaya (Syria), that residents have been depending on grass for feeding.
Images of starving children and skeletal residents of a overwhelm Syrian village have drawn fresh attention to the civilian toll of the country’s civil war, as the government in Damascus finally agreed to allow in international aid.
He said the situation has grown worse with winter snowfalls.
Burhan retell that the situation was hopeless as people were also helpless and dying of famine in large numbers.
“We are waiting but people are dying and the more time, the more disaster.’’
Madaya is one of the last rebel-held areas between Damascus and the Lebanese border.
Doctors without Borders said the besieged Syrian town of Madaya needed constant supply of aid, not just a single delivery.
We have seen credible reports that people are starving. People are hungry, and it is very cold out there with no electricity or fuel,” Krzysiek told the DPA news agency.
“We cannot provide milk for infants,” Dr. Khaled Mohammed told DPA last week. “Last week a 10-year-old child died of malnutrition.”
The medical charity warned that as aid agencies waited to gain access to the rebel-held area, which had been besieged by government forces since July, residents were suffering from continuing starvation and shortages of medical supplies.
Tammam Aloudat, the organisation’s Deputy Medical Director, said there were 150 people severely ill, 10 of them in critical condition, in a local hospital supported by the organisation.
Madaya said he and his family have been trying to limit their movements inside their house to preserve their energy.
The town’s starving residents have eaten pet animals, Rahman said.
“There are no more cats or dogs alive in the town,” he said. “Even tree leaves that we have been eating have become scarce,” he told Al Jazeera over the phone.
“Twenty three people have died of starvation in the Madaya hospital since the beginning of December and 10 more will die if there is no medical treatment shortly,” he said.
Meanwhile, the International Committee of the Red Cross has expressed the hope to deliver aid to Madaya and to two government-held villages besieged by rebels in northern Syria on Monday.
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