Bread shortage tells story of Syrian suffering

Syrians, men, women and children queue for hours every day –sometimes under heavy winter rains --in front of bakeries to obtain bread in besieged areas.

In some cases a family is only entitled to one bag of bread, because of high demand.

This is the story of shortage of bread in Syria. Scarcity of fuel and flour and random shelling are making it almost impossible for bakeries to supply bread.

In one part of the country visited by Al Arabiya, more than 30 villages were fed by one bakery.

Hassan Haj Hassan, member of Free Syrian Army (FSA), told Al Arabiya, “There are families suffering, they come to me asking how can we feed our children? We are grinding flour, kneading dough to feed them. If they can't find bread, they will eat only grain or rice or biscuits.”

Among the hungry throngs, the mother of Mohammed or Um Mohammed, a bereaved, displaced widow, vows that the revolution will not tire her

“We are not tired and we will not be. With God’s willing we will continue till our last drop of blood. I am ready till i have no child, we have tasted oppression,” she said. “My son who was asleep, they took him and tortured him, it has been four months and i do not know where they took him,” Um Mohammed added.

“We want the silent world to be moved with their conscious, and see the children who were buried under ruins. They are not even buried in cemeteries,” she said.

UM Mohammed’s cry for help and those for bread took Al Arabiya to a room where she lives inside with her orphaned children.

“My children for the past month and a half were shivering ....I had nothing to cover them with. Good people brought in blankets to help us,” she said.

Despite her woes, Um Mohammed conceals and hides her tears. The road in front of her is long. She is used to struggle in the past 10 years.

Khaled one of her sons that was able to stay alive, tries also to conceal his tears

Asked what he what he wants to do when he grows up, he Khaled said, “What do you want to work as when you grow up?”

“I want to join FSA and take revenge of those who killed my brothers. I want to take vengeance,” he said.

Asked if he eats often, he said, “Sometimes there is food and other times there is none.”

The story of the bread in Syrian villages tells stories of suffering, of widows and of a nation that chose freedom.

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Last Update: Tuesday, 25 December 2012 KSA 19:04 - GMT 16:04
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