The populations in all four areas were found to be living in appalling conditions. Action needs to be taken now to help the more than 400,000 Syrians currently living in blockaded areas across the country. The scenes witnessed in Madaya were truly heartbreaking, people are desperate and food is in extremely short supply. It is the elderly, women and children who are suffering the most, especially from severe malnourishment. The conditions are some of the worst ever witnessed in the five years of continued war.

Across Syria, around 4.5 million people living in hard-to-reach areas continue with limited access to basic life-saving assistance and protection. Almost 400,000 of them live in areas with little or no access to basic supplies or assistance. There has been growing international concern about the suffering of thousands of people in these areas. The ICRC will concentrate on delivering medical assistance.

ICRC has called for the end of all sieges, saying that, there needs to be unconditional, rapid and regular access given for humanitarian convoys to all areas in Syria. Many people need urgent medical treatment and the lack of food has made the situation even worse. There are believed to be around 40,000 people in Madaya and around 20,000 people in Foua and Kefraya. The operation has been brokered by the UN with the agreement of the different parties on the ground.

The suffering is intense. Aid agencies must be given safe and unimpeded access to all these people to provide them with the aid they need, especially now in the midst of winter.

Currently deploying R.T.E.P.S ™ ( Ready To Eat Protein Systems ) to help relieve their constant struggle to survive, we are also asking for any type of donation to further aid in relief. Every donation dollar goes to help Syria's current situation by supplying both food and water to the people in desperate need.

We personally thank you for your generosity in this tragic situation, and hope to end it soon.