Massacre and siege continues to paralyse Syria. It has become part of everyday life for the civilians residing in the neighbourhoods under the control of either Daesh, or Assad forces.
The besieged cities live in impoverished darkness. Power outages are rampant, food is scarce and water is controlled. Basic necessities, that were once taken for granted, are a luxury in this war-torn country. But Assad claims that the ‘worst is behind us.’
In recent months, Assad’s forces have reclaimed territory across the country. But at a deadly price. The brutal tactics committed by Assad’s regime, illegal under international law, include the use of chemical weapons, mass executions and torture against his civilians.
A young refugee, Abu Yazan, has described the horrific ordeal of detention by Syrian Regime forces. ‘They accused me of being involved with the armed groups… They would beat us. They would rape the women in the other rooms and make us her their voices, their screams.’ The psychological consequences of detention and torture is another form of suffering that these victims will have endure.
The six-year civil war trigged by the Arab Uprisings against Assad has led to the largest humanitarian crisis of the twenty-first century. More than 6.3 million have fled their homes and more than 300,000 Syrians have been killed.
Exacerbating the humanitarian crisis are new cases of an extremely rare form of Polio, which have been recorded in the Daesh controlled-Deir ez-Zor province. The spread of this mutated strain of Polio has been caused by the denial of immunisation. Meanwhile, more than 150 new cases of Measles have been reported in Daraa.
By denying humanitarian aid to besieged cities, the Syrian Regime pushes citizens to choose between starvation, disease and death, or fleeing to the unknown.