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Syria Starving: A Family’s Fight for Survival

  • DISPATCH FROM MADAYA:
    January 19, 2016

    Today has been a difficult day for the family. They felt ill for much of the night from severe stomach pains and vomiting. The mom says their stomachs are having trouble digesting food since they've been hungry for so long. 

    When we spoke to her yesterday, she detailed their adapted eating habits. 

    Today our one meal was rice and bean soup... our bodies are no longer used to eating, my children are hungry but are getting sick, severe stomach pains from the food because their bodies aren't able to digest and absorb the food because they were hungry for so long."

    When we wake up, we drink mint or thyme tea from the garden - with a little bit of sugar. It keeps the children from being hungry for a while."

    Food is not the only type of fuel that is scant in the area. The city has not had any electricity in the past six months. The family uses their car battery to charge their phone but that is dependent on the level of fuel that they have left. 

    The family told ABC News that a gallon of fuel cost the equivalent of U.S. $8.64 prior to the siege in July. Now, it costs about U.S. $90 per gallon. 
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