12 July 2019

Ali Aljasem on the 'kneel or starve' strategy of the Syrian regime

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On 11 July, The Guardian published an article by Ali Aljasem. Aljasem is part of the NWO-funded project Refugees in science, which connects refugees with a background in academics with Dutch researchers.

"This year, heavy rainfalls had raised hopes for an ample harvest for desperate farmers in Syria. It was estimated that the cereals crop this year would cover 60% of the local market needs. Yet, more than 150,000 hectares (380,000 acres) of wheat and barley fields have been targeted and burned to ashes across the country since the beginning of 2019", Aljasem states.

Hunger as a weapon

"A briefing published last month by the Damaan Humanitarian Organization reveals in detail how the Syrian government, and to a lesser degree, other armed groups, intentionally and repeatedly deprived civilians of food, deploying hunger as a core weapon in their arsenal."

 

"Syrians have a right to know who perpetrated the destruction, and get justice for these crimes."

Justice

"This war has no pity. For those who survived conflict and worked so hard to rebuild their lives and livelihoods, to see their crops burn before their eyes is unimaginable. Syrians have a right to know who perpetrated the destruction, and get justice for these crimes", Aljasem concludes.