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Syria. Haggard inhabitants, thinner than life (PAM)

Convoy on the road to Syria (credit: WFP / UN)
Convoy on the road to Syria (credit: WFP / UN)

(B2) The United Nations World Food Program (WFP) announced on Thursday that it had provided food to more than 80.000 people trapped in five besieged Syrian towns. Several convoys of vehicles from different UN agencies, accompanied by the Syrian Red Crescent, arrived Wednesday evening in Moadamiyeh, Zabadani and Madaya, in the rural area of ​​Damascus, and in Foua and Kafraya, in the rural area of ​​Idlib .

Residents who survived by eating grass

On site, in Moadamiyeh, the humanitarian team on the ground “saw people with a skinny and haggard appearance and children who seemed too small for their age. In Moadamiyeh, which has been inaccessible for more than a year and a half, civilians have survived by consuming grass and limited quantities of rice, which sells for prices fifty times higher than in Damascus. says the WFP (although located only a few kilometers away).

A humanitarian breakthrough

« This marks a major humanitarian breakthrough in Syria, but it must be remembered that one-off and sporadic convoys can only provide temporary relief to desperate hungry people underlines Jacob Kern, the director of the WFP in Syria. " People need to feed themselves every day. We hope to be able to continue these distributions and continue to provide aid to the most vulnerable people in all regions of the country. »


Nicolas Gros Verheyde

Chief editor of the B2 site. Graduated in European law from the University of Paris I Pantheon Sorbonne and listener to the 65th session of the IHEDN (Institut des Hautes Etudes de la Défense Nationale. Journalist since 1989, founded B2 - Bruxelles2 in 2008. EU/NATO correspondent in Brussels for Sud-Ouest (previously West-France and France-Soir).