Not only bombardment and siege befall the citizens in Madaya, for they are accompanied by fatal diseases due to lack of medication and medical services, and low number of medical staff which increase death toll among civilians who are totally helpless.
It is for real a humanitarian crisis the one citizens of Madaya town are going through with severe lack of foodstuff, where up to 40 thousands civilians are facing death out of hunger in a siege forced by Lebanese Hezbollah pursuing the policy of fear and inability to break into the town so it follow the policy of siege and famishing. Many activist have confirmed with attached photos that dozens civilians are so skinny and bony to the extent they are almost like skeletons covered with thinning cover called skin; they are dying slowly where their bodies consume slowly and demise before even being buried.
On the first cold days of winters, fear of humanitarian crisis occurrence becomes so obvious which will increase pains and tighten the noose around the neck of the citizens who stand before their miseries helpless and weak praying Allah for soon relief.
Abo-Ahmad, a 33-year-citizen from Madaya town, communicates on his simple cell phone with his sister “Khadija” who has left the town along with her little child and defected husband from Assad army; since the husband comes from Idlib countryside, he headed Idlib province after conquering it. In our meeting with Khadija, she revealed to us the suffering of her brother and the citizens of Madaya:” Every day I die hundreds times and go through continuous pain.. my brother’s words have broken heart.. trees leaves and simple plants are all their food; he took off the tiles of his house floor in order to plant some vegetables so that they still alive. Today with the first days of cold winter, concerns and warnings of real humanitarian crisis increase”.
Due to mounting concerns of winter for which the civilians in Madaya and Baqeen have not prepared, the hashtag “#Relief_Besieged _Before_The_Crisis” for the towns has been launched on social media addressing international and humanitarian organizations, and relief charitable institutions. The local council posted on its Facebook page a humanitarian appeal describing winter in it with “burdening guest” pointing to the citizens “inability to live it” after winter befalls the citizens’ houses missing windows and doors being ruined completely or partially, in addition to fuel unavailability for heating or even cooking; even if precise quantities were allowed to enter, it would be extremely expensive than the real prices in Damascus markets.
Khadija said in a sad tone praying Allah for those besieged citizens in Madaya:” Crimes are committed against the civilians in my country on daily basis where I can do nothing but to pray Allah for them to relief them form their miseries and pains”.
By Bayan Alahmad
Translated by Sabah Najem