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4 - We have Americans here who go to bed hungry at night. Millions of Americans. That $195,000,000 would have bought a lot of school breakfasts, lunches, and dinners for hungry AMERICANS.
CAIRO - In a town that lies less than eight miles from the center of Damascus, Syrians are starving to death. Some children in Muadamiyah have resorted toeating leaves to survive, while a group of Muslim clerics alsoissued a fatwa that the consumption of dogs and cats was permissible for the area's residents. Meanwhile, videosshowing emaciated children's corpses continue to filter out -- victims of a siege by the Syrian regime that prevents the entry of either food or medical care.
In an article for Foreign Policy on Friday, Secretary of State John Kerry condemned the Syrian security forces' denial of humanitarian aid to places like Muadamiyah, calling on the world to "act quickly and decisively" to pressure the Assad regime to allow assistance to reach civilians. For some of the aid workers on the conflict's front lines, however, the United States and its allies have been all talk and no action.
But access to stricken areas isn't the only aspect of the Syrian humanitarian crisis - there also simply aren't enough resources to go around. The U.N.Syria Humanitarian Assistance Response Planestimates that there are 6.8 million Syrians in need within the country, and requested $1.4 billion to provide for their needs in 2013. However, states have provided a mere 56 percent, or less than $800 million, of that funding request. The United Stateshas contributed by far the largest amount of any state to fulfilling the U.N. request.
Nearly 2,000 Syrians fled the war-ravaged Damascus district of Moadamiyeh Tuesday with the help of aid workers during a temporary cease-fire, a result of a rare agreement between government forces and rebels to avert a humanitarian crisis.
The evacuation was made possible after reports of starvation and disease in the western suburb triggered an international outcry. Moadamiyeh was also one of several areas hit by a chemical weapons attack in August that killed hundreds of people.
Desperate-looking men, women and children left the town, crossing over into no man's land. Some of the elderly and sick were carried by Red Crescent workers on stretchers. Men were lined up and searched by the Syrian military.
Akhil Iad, a government official at the scene, said the
Russia has sent aid to Syria. Guess you couldn't spare the 30 seconds it took to see if that statement was true.
Russia sends 20 tons of humanitarian aid to Syria