Inside Story

Syrian starvation: Is there any hope left?

UN World Food Programme says 40,000 Syrians are facing starvation with at least 23 already succumbing to hunger.

As the war in Syria enters its fifth year – with no signs of the fighting coming to an end – millions are struggling to survive.

This week a series of strong storms blanketed much of the country in snow. Syrians living in towns and villages – besieged by government forces and their allies – are facing starvation.

The blockade of the town of Madaya near the Lebanese border, in particular, has become a focal issue for Syrian opposition leaders.

They told the United Nations envoy this week they won’t take part in talks with the government until the siege there and in other areas is lifted.

So, what can be done to help the millions of desperate Syrians?

Presenter: Richelle Carey


Melissa Fleming – Spokeswoman for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

Thom Brooks – Law Professor at Durham University in the UK, specialising in Immigration.

Dibeh Fakhr – Public Relations Officer and Spokeswoman for the International Committee of the Red Cross, Near and Middle East division.