Syrian kids send global message to break siege in Daraya

Children from besieged Syrian town of Daraya call for crucial humanitarian aid to enter town and siege to end

Photo by: Reuters (Archive)
Photo by: Reuters (Archive)

Boys wear shirts forming the sentence 'We are all Daraya' during protest against regime leader Bashar Al Assad in the Syrian southern town of Bosra al Sham, in Deraa, Syria March 4, 2016.

Residents of the besieged Syrian town of Daraya west of Damascus gathered together on Wednesday to stage a protest on why aid supplies are not reaching their town despite it being a term under the recently agreed cessation of hostilities deal.

The cessation of hostilities deal agreed by the United States and Russia, co-chairs of the International Syria Support Group (ISSG), came into effect on Feb.27. A term outlined under the agreement states that humanitarian aid must reach all people in need immediately.

Despite this, aid has not reached the town since regime forces besieged the town in 2012.

During the demonstration a young girl asked why the Syrian regime leader will not let aid in.

"They say there are no civilians in Daraya, then what are we doing here? We are living on soup, with three grains of rice on the side," she said.

The Local Council of Daraya City, posted photos and videos online showing residents, mainly women and children holding banners in English, French and Arabic, addressing international organisations.

“If you can stop the shelling, you can break the siege,” read one banner, making reference to the hostility deal.

The United Nations said on Wednesday that efforts are continuing to deliver aid to besieged and hard-to-reach areas.

“Ten areas have been reached by UN and partners, several with multiple convoys,”  said UN Syria mediator Staffan de Mistura’s special advisor, Jan Egeland.

However, six “important” besieged areas – including Darayya and Douma – remain unreached, he added.

TRTWorld and agencies