Source: CNN – by Frida Ghitis (The starving of Syria)
The killing of Syria is being photographed, tweeted and posted on Facebook. Perhaps you saw the latest images from the town of Madaya, which is being slowly, deliberately, strangled by the regime of Syrian
President [psychopath] Bashar al-Assad with the help of Hezbollah, the Iran-backed Lebanese militia.
The people of Madaya, not far from the capital Damascus, are starving to death at the hands of their government. Activists and residents, who still communicate with the outside world, have sent out the alarm. Residents of Madaya, including children, say they have resorted to eating grass and leaves, cats and dogs, garbage. The pictures of emaciated boys and old men tell the story, a story that humanitarian workers say is an accurate one.
The United Nations says 42,000 people in the area are at risk of starvation. And they make up only a fraction of the 400,000 in similar situations in other towns — and millions more struggling in hard-to-reach areas — because of the country’s civil war, which is about to mark its five-year anniversary. Millions more Syrians have become refugees abroad.
When a conflict lasts this long, when reports about the suffering it is inflicting become a relentless wave of depressing news, and when the forces at play are this complicated, many people are tempted to turn away.