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The Faces of Madaya, Kefraya and Foah

World  (tags: civil war, Human Rights, Madaya, relief supplies, seige, starvation, Syria, Terrorism, United Nations, World )

- 1135 days ago -
Starvation is being used by all sides as a tool of war and is being investigated as a war crime by the United Nations.


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Sue H (7)
Wednesday January 13, 2016, 10:53 pm
Prayers Up for aid to arrive. Heartbreaking.

Animae C (507)
Thursday January 14, 2016, 1:43 am
The supplies that got though are not enough, more must be sent!!!

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Thursday January 14, 2016, 1:51 am

Ted W (127)
Thursday January 14, 2016, 1:55 am
It was Gandhi that said "poverty is the worse form of violence" In 1948 is was bad but today given the fact that we have the means to feed everyone it is unacceptable and a crime that is unforgivable! Thanks for posting this one, Lynn!

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday January 14, 2016, 3:55 am
Weapons aren't only guns, missiles etc .... withholding access to basic necessities is an act of war. We barely hear of all these terrible acts. During the Bosnia war, the UN had to carve out and protect a corridor along the crests of hills in order to transport basic necessities to those in desperate need of them ... I'm sure this has often been a tactic of war, but until the broadening of channels of communication, people were totally unaware of such tactics - and their impact.

And even with more information, there is only brief shock ... then people don't think about it. Yarmouk Palestinian camp population, close to Damascus, was facing the same terrible situation - those who have not manages to flee from Yarmouk may still be, but we hear no more (it's no longer "news").

Yes - it should be considered a war crime. Same as sexual abuse as a weapon of fear ....

Joanne D (37)
Thursday January 14, 2016, 10:09 am
Now THERE's a group of people who REALLY could use snacks – as opposed to the spoiled white guys in the wildlife refuge. It that sounds flippant, I apologize – I don't mean it that way – it just makes me too angry to "make nice."

Angelika R (143)
Thursday January 14, 2016, 10:28 am
It IS a war crime, and, quite possibly from BOTH sides. Yet, it is not OK to use the phrasing like in the intro : "Madaya is besieged by Assad's forces,..", when in fact even a quick glance at the small selection of provided news links there clearly display the controversial media versions.

Reuters- "..Madaya,... trapped by encircling government forces"

The Guardian- ".. besieged by forces loyal to the Syrian regime "
(note that like in most all of the. Western (propaganda) media the other 2 SHIA locations, besieged by the DJIHADISTS; barely get much mention as that does not fit too well in the policy picture with the "Assad must go"/regime change mantra)

Huffington Post -"Rebels OPPOSED to President Bashar Assad are in control of Madaya,"
BBC - "..besieged Syrian town of Madaya ... discuss the crisis in the REBEL-held town...under government siege
Rather confusing..and confused.
As for the pics: Please be aware that it has already been reported by a number of sources that many of the pics are NOT dated from now, often from 2014, neither from Syria but instead some originate from IRAQ war!
I'm NOT at all trying to belittle the horrific conditions, only raising awareness that this IS to large extend war propaganda as usual, even if people over and again tend to forget.
I've been intensely involved in the entire matter around the Syria war for a long time on another weblog, discussing and evaluating international media reports very thoroughly on a daily basis and believe to have quite a good insight.

Thanks Lynn for highlighting the plight and issue of the poor innocent people!

Evelyn B (63)
Thursday January 14, 2016, 1:28 pm
Angie - true. It is so convenient for media communications to simplify situations with vague labels: Assad/Government vs opposition; Shia (Alawite) vs Sunni, or, elsewhere, black vs white, Jews vs Muslims, Christians vs Muslims, Russia vs West/ US/ allies etc ..

Reality is always far more complex, & the surface labels often distract from real divisions .... which are often social, economic, &/or political but have some approximate parallel to the "easy" labels.

Meanwhile, the innocent pay the highest price ..... and there is no doubt, there are those who are trapped, starving & suffering in these locations (and not only these locations)

Mitchell D (82)
Thursday January 14, 2016, 3:24 pm
Man's inhumanity to man, here in the form of tribal warfare, continues apace, whether it is in war, or in our own congress, which seems to love stripping suport systems from their own people…well, no, those who need social support, here, are not seen by the conservatives as being in the same tribe!!

Expletives not going to print!

Vinita P (18)
Thursday January 14, 2016, 4:48 pm
Thank you for posting, Lynn. I can't imagine the hunger, pain, and despair that these innocent victims of war crime must be feeling.

Lynn Squance (235)
Saturday January 16, 2016, 5:11 am
I have read and watched a number of different reports made by UNICEF and others about the conditions in Syria whether in beseiged towns or in camps like Yarmouk for Palestinian refugees near Damascus. But these are only representative of the atrocities taking place against civilians.

Thanks everyone.
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