With no where else to turn, tens of thousands of Syrians are left in a state of crisis after Presidents Bashar-Al Assad blockaded three rebel towns outside Damascus, cutting off food, aid and medical supplies. The Muslim cleric announced a religious decree permitting starving Syrians to eat cats,dogs and donkeys in order to stay alive.
Usually considered unfit for consumption under Islamic law, the religious leaders made a decision to lift the ban due to the severity of the situation taking place. Aid agencies continue to urge the Syrian government to allow humanitarian supplies to the area, but Assad is sending a clear message that he will maintain control over his people.Whether it is chemical weapons or starvation Assad will not back down.
The Muslim cleric's concern for the situation grows, warning that if this continues, "the living will soon have to eat the dead."
Children have been affected the most, malnutrition is beginning to take the lives of many under the age of seven. Babies starve to death because their mothers can no longer produce breast milk due to lack of food consumption.
Eid-al-adha, a religious holiday which has recently taken place, usually involving feasts and celebration, has hindered the spirits of many displaced Syrian citizens. Most are now down to one small meal per day, usually consisting of a small bowl of rice and even leaves found on the ground.
Broken promises of aid from the United States has frustrated the Syrian people. Many believe that Russia may be their only savior since they have successfully shown they can put pressure on Assad's regime. With no end insight, the people of Syria must continue to endure the dangers and tragedies of civil war in hopes that there may be light at the end of this very dark tunnel.