This is a letter from those who are besieged—over one million civilians in Syria—who are being starved to death right now. The siege is not new; it has been going on for years. The world keeps watching silently as children die from starvation; it has become another everyday event that is not worth care or action. Just an ordinary modern siege, in an ordinary modern war that has claimed the lives of half a million people. This letter is not to seek your sympathy. It is a declaration of your responsibility; to you in the world outside the siege, and your lack of effort to break the siege.
To be besieged means to be stripped of your ability to survive; of your ability to care for those who you love. To be besieged means to be imprisoned in your own city, in your own neighbourhood. That place you call home becomes the scene of your torture, the place where you are made to witness your child starving to death. This mass hunger is the weapon of a dictator who is punishing the people, to make them kneel to his will. You are forced to eat grass, the leaves of trees and even your own pets. Your children hear stories of abundant food and even chocolate as if they were fairy tales, things they can only dream of but will never be true. To be besieged is not just to be deprived from food; it also means to be denied medication, resources, services, education, and choice. You don’t even have the choice to leave, to be a refugee. You are locked in a situation that you can’t do anything about. To be besieged is to be abandoned in a dangerous, deadly, and hopeless state. Areas that are besieged are heavily targeted by barrel bombs that are deliberately dropped on civilians. So, you are not only trapped, hungry, weak, defenseless, and abandoned; the sky over you is raining hell and there is nowhere to hide. Finally, the siege means the lack of prospects; you don’t have luxury to think of a future, to hope, to dream. The only thing that you can afford is to think about is survival and how to get through to the next day.
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