Starving Syrians trapped in besieged town of Madaya
Food as a weapon of war
Food As a Weapon of War
Inside Syria today, there is no shortage of tragedy. But the town of Madaya does stand out. It's under siege and its people are starving.
Rami Jarrah is the Project Manager for ANA PRESS, an independent network of journalists in Syria. He's also the recipient of Canadian Journalists for Free Expression's 2012 International Press Freedom Award. We reached him in Southern Turkey.
If and when aid does start getting in to Madaya, the World Food Programme will be one of the groups doing the heavy lifting. Abeer Etefa is with the World Food Programme in Cairo, Egypt. We asked her what she hopes will happen now, and what needs to happen next.
In 2014, the BBC's Chief International Correspondent Lyse Doucet saw first-hand the starvation taking place in another part of Syria - in the Yarmouk refugee camp.
Madaya joins a list of other parts of Syria that have been subject to blockades that have prevented food, water, and the most basic necessities of life... and we don't hear about them.
Lyse Doucet joined Connie Walker from London, England.
This segment was produced by The Current's Pacinthe Mattar and Gord Westmacott.