The Burden of Damascus: Massive Starving Hordes Gathers Amid Rubble
|Hour of need: Residents of Syria's besieged Yarmuk Palestinian refugee
camp, south of Damascus, crowding a destroyed street during a food
distribution led by the UN agency|
UNWRA chief Chris Gunnes spoke today after a rare visit to Yarmouk on Monday where relief agencies have found it particularly difficult to provide food and medical assistance.
The Yarmouk Camp is a 0.8sq.mi. district of Damascus populated by more than 112,000 Palestinian refugees, who are mainly cut off from any foreign help.
Yarmouk Camp has been sealed since July 2013, resulting in acute and widespread deprivation, including severe malnutrition, while civilian residents are constantly exposed to the threat of death, injuries and trauma of the armed conflict.
|Never ending plight: The 'Yarmouk Camp' is a district of Damascus populated by more than 112,000 Palestinian refugees, who are now starving to death|
|Desperate need: A sick young woman is queuing up for a food parcel and medical assistance alongside her family in Yarmouk|
The UN was given access to the camp by the Syrian authorities late January, which is when the photograph was taken.
However, following clashes in northern Yarmouk earlier this month, UNRWA said distribution of food parcels and medical supplies may be suspended yet again.
Christopher Gunness, from UNRWA, said: ‘It is impossible not to be touched by the apocalyptic scenes emerging from the Palestinian refugee camp of Yarmouk in Damascus, besieged and cut off for months.