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UN Secretary General: Save Madaya from starvation

To UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, UN Special Envoy to Syria Staffan de Mistura, President Hassan Rouhani of Iran, and President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan of Turkey:

As global citizens horrified by the forced starvation of civilians in Madaya, we call on you to do everything in your power to lift the blockade on Madaya and across the country once and for all. You are in a unique position to help broker an agreement between all side. We are calling on you to act now in a relentless diplomatic effort to start saving lives.

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UN Secretary General: Save Madaya from starvation
“My only dream is to have a piece of bread.”

These are the words of a 52 year old woman in the Syrian town of Madaya, where 40,000 humans are being slowly starved to death under a siege enforced by the Lebanese militia Hezbollah. It’s hard to believe that this is happening NOW, in our lifetime, and we can’t stand by and watch it happen.

This September and in a rare agreement between the warring sides, the UN, Iran, and Turkey brokered a plan to lift the sieges in these areas. Fighters were allowed safe passage, but the agreement is yet to yield results for civilians. Now only a huge diplomatic push on the highest level, led personally by the UN Secretary General, can finish what was started and put an end to this nightmare.

The people of Madaya are losing all hope. Let’s show them the world cares, that we won’t let more mothers see their children starve to death -- not on our watch. Sign this urgent petition to Ban Ki-moon then share widely -- once we have a global outcry big enough, we’ll bring Madaya to the doorsteps of the UN in New York.

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