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UN Secretary General: Save Madaya from starvation

To UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Special Envoy Staffan de Mistura, Presidents Rouhani and Erdogan, and other state and non-state leaders:

As citizens from around the world, we are truly horrified by the intentional use of starvation as a tool of war and punishment against the civilian population of Madaya. We call on you to do everything in your power to lift the siege on Madaya and towns across Syria, and redouble your diplomatic efforts to achieve a just and lasting peace. Our community will not remain silent in the face of mass starvation and other atrocities. The power to save countless lives is in your hands.

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In the besieged town of Madaya, starving children are eating tree leaves, cats and insects. The Assad regime is literally starving over 40,000 people to death. It's hard to imagine the suffering of parents watching their kids die from hunger -- but we have a way to help them.

A truce to lift the siege on Madaya and other cities was brokered in September by Iran, Turkey and the UN, but civilians are still trapped inside without food and medicine. Turkey and Iran can work with their allies to ensure the siege is lifted, but won’t act on their own. If we raise a one million strong outcry pressuring UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon to intervene and work with all sides to lift the siege, we can save thousands of families from starving to death in Madaya.

Ban Ki-moon can do this -- the success of this truce will be a key element in order to prevent a whitewash at the upcoming Syria peace talks. And with his service to the UN ending soon, lifting the siege would be a great achievement for his legacy. With enough pressure from each one of us, we can get Ban Ki-moon to be the champion Madaya desperately needs right now.

Add your voice to the urgent petition. Avaaz will take stories and photos from Madaya to the media, the UN, and desks of key foreign ministries until the siege is lifted.

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