WASHINGTON — The United Nations fed 3.8 million people in Syria this past December, but many other civilians in the contentious eastern provinces and in the area surrounding the capital city of Damascus remain out of reach.
Reuters reported that the U.N.’s World Food Programme (known as WFP) delivered rations to millions of Syrians, but was disappointed it cannot reach civilians that are in besieged towns and contentious areas. They want more access to these civilians.
Spokeswoman Elisabeth Byrs told reporters in a briefing in Geneva, Switzerland, “WFP is gravely concerned about people who live in areas under siege. Their nutrition situation is expected to have deteriorated significantly” and that “we are quite concerned about malnutrition of children, especially in those besieged areas”.
the Syrian civil war has split the country into several factions, with Islamist al-Qaeda-affiliated fighters warring with non-Islamist rebel fighters, while both fight Syrian government forces under President Bashar al-Assad. The three-year-old civil war has led to a massive refugee crisis for Syria’s neighbors like Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq.