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Warring Syria Goes Hungry: Stick Figures, Stunted Growth…

Posted on April 3, 2014

Rana Obaid began her life less than two years ago in a comfortable house draped with roses, the daughter of a grocer locally famous for his rich homemade yogurt.

War and siege brought hunger so quickly to their town near Damascus that when she died in September, at 19 months, her arms and legs were as thin as broomsticks.

ANNE BARNARD Published this November 2, 2013 on nyt Enlarge This Image

The New York Times

BEIRUT, Lebanon —

Signs in Moadhamiya (Mo3zamieh?) read, “Kneel or starve.”

Suspected cases of malnutrition are surfacing from areas held by the rebels and the government.

In a nearby town, a woman with a son suffering from kidney failure makes her children take turns eating on alternate days.

In a village outside Aleppo in northern Syria, people say they are living mainly on wild greens.

Aid workers say that Syrian refugee children are arriving in northern Lebanon thin and stunted, and that suspected malnutrition cases are surfacing from rebel-held areas in northern Syria to government-held suburbs south of Damascus.

A boy, at a Syrian refugee camp near the border with Turkey, waiting in line for a hot meal, looked inside a tent at stacks of bread. Millions in the war-torn nation are suffering from hunger. Lynsey Addario for The New York Times

Across Syria, a country that long prided itself on providing affordable food to its people, international and domestic efforts to ensure basic sustenance amid the chaos of war appear to be failing.

(Actually, one of the main reasons why the colonial powers hated the Syrian people is that Syria didn’t owe a dime to any foreign country. Syria was self-sufficient in almost everything. No foreign (sovereign) debt)

Millions are going hungry to varying degrees, and there is growing evidence that acute malnutrition is contributing to relatively small but increasing numbers of deaths, especially among small children, the wounded and the sick, aid workers and nutrition experts say.

The experts warn that if the crisis continues into the winter, deaths from hunger and illness could begin to dwarf deaths from violence, which has already killed well over 100,000 people, (a “civil war” that was induced in 2011) and if the deprivation lasts longer, a generation of Syrians risks stunted development.

“I didn’t expect to see that in Syria,” said Dr. Annie Sparrow, an assistant professor and pediatrician at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, who examined Syrian refugee children in Lebanon and was shocked to find many underweight for their height and age.

“It’s not accurate to say this is Somalia, but this is a critical situation,” she said. “We have a middle-income country that is transforming itself into something a lot more like Somalia.”

While the war has prevented a precise accounting of the number of people affected, evidence of hunger abounds.

The government is using siege and starvation as a tactic of war in many areas, according to numerous aid workers and residents, who say that soldiers at checkpoints confiscate food supplies as small as grocery bags, treating the feeding of people in strategic rebel-held areas as a crime.

Rebel groups, too, are blockading some government-held areas and harassing food convoys.

But even for those living in more accessible areas, what aid workers call “food insecurity” is part of Syrians’ new baseline.

Inflation has made food unaffordable for many; fuel and flour shortages close some bakeries, while government airstrikes target others; agricultural production has been gutted.

Though the World Food Program says it is providing enough food for 3 million Syrians each month, its officials say they can track only what is delivered to central depots in various cities, not how widely or fairly it is distributed from there.

One aid worker — who, in a sign of the political challenges of delivering aid in Syria, asked that his organization not be identified — said he recently met Syrian health workers who reported a dozen cases of apparent malnutrition in a government-held Damascus suburb.

He suspected that the situation could be far worse in rebel-held areas.

Lack of medical care and clean water exacerbates the problem.

So does the fact that Syrians have little experience diagnosing or treating malnutrition. Particularly troubling, aid workers say, are reports of mothers who stop breast feeding, unaware that it is the best way for even a malnourished mother to keep her child alive.

Some aid groups are trying to train Syrian doctors to use simple tools that measure upper arm circumference to assess malnutrition, as convincing data on its prevalence could help spur a stronger international response.

Aid workers caution against overblown claims that could discredit such efforts.

Some government supporters even dismissed the images of bone-thin children from blockaded areas as propaganda after several thousand civilians were evacuated from the encircled Damascus suburb of Moadhamiya in recent weeks, looking exhausted, shellshocked and thin, but not on the verge of starving to death.

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Mohammad Ghannam contributed reporting from Beirut, and an employee of The New York Times from Qudsaya, Syria.

A version of this article appears in print on November 3, 2013, on page A6 of the New York edition with the headline: Stick Figures and Stunted Growth As Warring Syria Goes Hungry.

 Multimedia

 PhotographsThe Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis

 Video Feature. WATCHING SYRIA’S WAR.Panic After Bombing in Village Near Hama

Note: It is 2021 and the “global war” on the Syrian people is Not over. Turkey occupies a large swath in northern Syria and the Kurdish backed USA militia occupies the oil rich North-Eastern region. Russia and Iran control many strategic centers, airports and seaports

This nightly Mass Graves in Nineveh

Nabih Al-Burji. March 9, 2021

The charge of the western colonial powers: Hezbollah has gone to Syria to fight against Angels!

Yes, no less, fighting against angels, otherwise we would have seen how the land that produced 7 Roman emperors, gave birth to the bishop of Rome (Pope Gregory III), has been transformed, by Abi Bakr Al-Baghdadi, Abi Muhammad Al-Gulani, and Abi Omar Al-Chechani, to a paradise for democracy.

Hillary Clinton, Obama, the western colonial powers, Erdogan, the “Arab” monarchies and Emirs knew how to devastate Syria and massacre its people. Weapons from the colonial powers and cash from the petro-dollar monarchies.

Instead of the Republic of Plato, the Republic of Abi Dhar Al-Ghafari…

Were Hezbollah fighters supposed to welcome the terrorists with open arms in the campaigns of Lebanon eastern mountain chains, those Islamic extremists who massacred our Lebanese officers and soldiers who were made prisoners?

Was Hezbollah supposed to believe that these terrorists, if they had access to the statue of the Lady of Bechwat in the Bekaa Valley, they would have knelt before it, and shed tears on the feet of the Virgin Lady, just as it was in Maaloula, in Raqa, in Qoroush and in Mosul.

We have all followed the Islamic State Organization (ISIS) in Iraq.

Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi had to declare the Caliphate from the place of Hussein in Karbala, or from the Monastery of Mar Uraha in Nineveh, or from the Church of Mar Corgis in Erbil, not to mention the Yazidi ′′ Lalish ′′ temple near Sinjar.

Who prevented him from reaching Baghdad, Erbil, and Karbala? Ask the White House. (It was the Iranian fighting volunteers, commanded by Qassem Suleimani, who quickly filled the void in the Iraqi Kurdish districts and stopped the advances of Abu Baker riff-raff))

The American army has been in Iraq since 2003, under the pretext of fighting terrorism. Where were the Apache planes when the terrorists were swooping on the city of Qoroush (Qaraqosh) the historic presence of Christianity in between the two rivers, and when Christians were chopped off with machete and swords, and when they were spending nights out in the open for shelter from the ′′ graves night in′′ Nineveh?

Was ′′ Hezbollah ′′ in Iraq when Abu Musab Al-Zarqawi appeared, with his double character, and where Freudian simulation between Hulaku and Shahriar, and when the new Mongols, on the horse s’ rift, Mosul city, which once hosted, the goddess Ishtar?

We didn’t imagine that the Iraqi tragedy was so horrific (but it’s Iraq, guys).

Pope Francis’s visit made this tragedy a panoramic trip.

Especially the horrors Christians have faced. We ask the Pentagon about that Iraqi army that he built over a decade, generals flying in women’s clothes, and in women’s shoes…

The tribes of Yagog and Magog (Yajooj Majooj) were supposed to enter Damascus to be within steps from Beirut, and they attracted Abu Suleiman Uzbek who promised, promised, and promised, to set up a ′′ camp for women ′′ in Downtown Beirut.

How could′′ Hezbollah ′′ implicate the pseudo Lebanese “state” in the collapse of relations with others when he went to Syria (to fight against angels).?

Maulana Al-Khalifa was supposed to receive drum rolls, following the footsteps of some of the political system stars when they visited, with their precious gifts, and with their honorable attitudes, military killers in Arsal Valley.

Saad Hariri PM, whom Hezbollah raised him on their shoulders (and we always wished the resistance would stay out of the jungle), is advising one of his mediators to carry Hezbollah party as a visa to enter Riyadh.

Thus, after more than four months of spinning inside the vicious circle, the state owner’s media office discovered that the party is adopting the manoeuvring a way awaiting Iranian password that allows it to start seriously in forming the government.

Self-exoneration as a philosophical rule. Your cup, homeland… (Kasak ya watan)

We don’t know whether the leader in charge knows what the moral meaning of words, who accuses Hezbollah of evasive maneuvers, duplicit,…

May the advice not be spent to close the south road, and the Bekaa road, to besiege ′′ Hezbollah ′′ and to catch Saddam, do not thank his punishment.

Thus above the rubble (like a red carpet) enters the palace of the dove.

Despite all that, the doors of the government have not been locked in front of him. He is the one who locks it down…again and again.

Top U.S. General makes three stunning admissions about the Middle East

Iran, Syria and Saudi Arabia.

The head of the U.S. military’s Central Command made some stunning admissions about the present geo-political situation in the Middle East, during a Congressional testimony, that will go largely unnoticed in much of the mainstream media.

  • Assad has won
  • Iran deal should stand
  • Saudi Arabia uses American weapons without accountability in Yemen

The top U.S. general in the Middle East testified before Congress on Tuesday and dropped several bombshells: from signaled support for the Iran nuclear deal, admitting the U.S. does not know what Saudi Arabia does with its bombs in Yemen and that Assad has won the Syrian Civil War.

U.S. Army General Joseph Votel said the Iran agreement, which President Donald Trump has threatened to withdraw from, has played an important role in addressing Iran’s nuclear program.

“The JCPOA addresses one of the principle threats that we deal with from Iran, so if the JCPOA goes away, then we will have to have another way to deal with their nuclear weapons program,” said U.S. Army General Joseph Votel.

JCPOA, or Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action, is the formal name of the accord reached with Iran in July 2015 in Vienna.

Trump has threatened to withdraw the United States from the accord between Tehran and six world powers unless Congress and European allies help “fix” it with a follow-up pact. Trump does not like the deal’s limited duration, among other things. (Is Trump used to colonial deals of 100 years?)

Votel is head of the U.S. military’s Central Command, which is responsible for the Middle East and Central Asia, including Iran.

He was speaking to a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing on the same day that Trump fired Secretary of State Rex Tillerson after a series of public rifts over policy, including Iran.

Tillerson had joined Defense Secretary Jim Mattis in pressing a skeptical Trump to stick with the agreement with Iran.

“There would be some concern (in the region), I think, about how we intended to address that particular threat if it was not being addressed through the JCPOA. … Right now, I think it is in our interest” to stay in the deal, Votel said.

When a lawmaker asked whether he agreed with Mattis and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff General Joseph Dunford’s position on the deal,Votel said: “Yes, I share their position.”

Mattis said late last year that the United States should consider staying in the Iran nuclear deal unless it was proven Tehran was not complying or that the agreement was not in the U.S. national interest.

A collapse of the Iran nuclear deal would be a “great loss,” the United Nations atomic watchdog’s chief warned Trump recently, giving a wide-ranging defense of the accord.

Iran has stayed within the deal’s restrictions since Trump took office but has fired diplomatic warning shots at Washington in recent weeks. It said on Monday that it could rapidly enrich uranium to a higher degree of purity if the deal collapsed.

Syria

Votel also discussed the situation in Syria at the hearing.

During the Syrian army’s offensive in eastern Ghouta, more than 1,100 civilians have died. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad’s forces, backed by Russia and Iran, say they are targeting “terrorist” groups shelling the capital. (No other parties backed the Syrian army in liberating Al Ghouta)

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Nikki Haley warned on Monday that Washington “remains prepared to act if we must,” if the U.N. Security Council failed to act on Syria. (Just empty threats, as usual)

Votel said the best way to deter Russia, which backs Assad, was through political and diplomatic channels.

“Certainly if there are other things that are considered, you know, we will do what we are told. … (But) I don’t recommend that at this particular point,” Votel said, in an apparent to reference to military options.

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham asked whether it was too strong to say that with Russia and Iran’s help, Assad had “won” the civil war in Syria.

“I do not think that is too strong of a statement,” Votel said.

Graham also asked if the United States’ policy on Syria was still to seek the removal of Assad from power.

“I don’t know that that’s our particular policy at this particular point. Our focus remains on the defeat of ISIS,” Votel said, using an acronym for Islamic State.

Saudi Arabia

In a stunning exchange with Democratic Senator Elizabeth Warren, Votel admitted that Centcom doesn’t know when U.S. fuel and munitions are used in Yemen.

“General Votel, does CENTCOM track the purpose of the missions it is refueling? In other words, where a U.S.-refueled aircraft is going, what targets it strikes, and the result of the mission?” Warren asked.

“Senator, we do not,” Votel replied.

The Senator followed up, citing reports that U.S. munitions have been used against civilians in Yemen, she asked, “General Votel, when you receive reports like this from credible media organizations or outside observers, is CENTCOM able to tell if U.S. fuel or U.S. munitions were used in that strike?”

“No, senator, I don’t believe we are,” he replied.

Showing surprise at the general’s response, Warren concluded, “We need to be clear about this: Saudi Arabia’s the one receiving American weapons and American support. And that means we bear some responsibility here. And that means we need to hold our partners and our allies accountable for how those resources are used,” she said.

Read more at http://theduran.com/top-u-s-general-makes-three-stunning-admissions-about-the-middle-east/#AzZzhyYgbkKuWoMK.99


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