Pakistani couple stranded in Syria appeals Pakistan government to save from starving death
LAHORE: Pakistani couple stranded in the besieged Syrian town of East Ghouta—a suburb of Damascus—is desperately calling on the Pakistan government and its embassy in the Syrian capital to save them from starving to death, Pakistan Today has reported.
Muhammad Akram, 72, and his 62-year-old wife, Sekral Bibi, are among the many people stranded in the rebel-held area near Syria’s capital, which the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) just yesterday (Tuesday) warned has reached “critical point.”
In September, Bashar al-Assad’s government banned both commercial food sales and UN aid for East Ghouta, having already banned fuel and medicine. As a result, child malnutrition is now at sub-Saharan African levels.
Scores of civilians have been killed or injured in the Eastern Ghouta in the past month alone and the ICRC says that life is slowly becoming “impossible” in the area. At least 500 people are waiting to be evacuated for life-saving medical care.
Only a few kilometres away from Pakistan’s embassy in Syria, the couple says that they have attempted to contact the embassy and the government repeatedly over the years, but to no avail. Reports of the couple’s plight had first come to the fore as part of a story on other foreign nationals struggling to make it through the war and its consequences in East Ghouta since 2011, including a Turkish and Sudanese family.