Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have been abandoned to starvation and bombing. How dare the world turn its face away
As Syrians, we have experienced death in so many more ways than we ever dared to imagine: we have been killed by barrel bombs, chemical weapons, starvation, drowning, torture, napalm and cluster munitions. This month, in eastern Ghouta, another encounter with death was added to the list: a mother’s corpse dug from under the rubble by her own son, a White Helmet volunteer.
The situation in Ghouta would break any heart. But some in the international community have run out of words and have stopped describing the horror. But the suffering of my people compels me to speak in direct terms: the world has left hundreds of thousands of civilians to starve or be bombed to death by the Syrian regime and its allies.
Where is it and why is it important?