Thousands in Syrian town of Madaya suffer from starvation

Thousands in Syrian town of Madaya suffer from starvation

Thousands in Syrian town of Madaya suffer from starvation

Written by Tharushan Fernando

08 Jan, 2016 | 4:11 pm

The Syrian town of Madaya has been undergoing a grim phase as thousands of families have been affected by the consequences of a six-month siege followed by the harsh onset of Winter.

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Forces loyal to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad and the Iran-backed terror group Hezbollah have laid siege to nearly 40,000 people near Madaya, a predominantly Sunni town near Syria’s border with Lebanon, resulting in the terrifying living conditions

Horrifying images have been going around, showing starvation and malnutriton. According to human rights activists in Madaya, many people are surviving on water and salt. One human rights activist said that “They dissolve salt into the water just to kill the hunger pangs they are dying from. Malnourishment is killing people.”

In December, at least 22 people died from starvation, including six babies, according to the Syrian American Medical society and mothers, often malnourished themselves, are unable to produce enough breast milk to feed their newborns.

At least four others died in landmine explosions in December, activists say, while several more residents were killed by sniper fire.

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