Syrians are being urged to eat cats, dogs and donkeys as widespread starvation spreads in the war-torn country. Those gripped by hunger in the country’s bloody civil war are now allowed to eat the forbidden animals in a fatwa (religious ruling) issued by mosques in rebel-held suburbs of Damascus, Metro.com reports.
Three dogs were immediately killed for food in one refugee camp following the order, Arabic newspaper Asharq Al-Awsat reported.
The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a Britain-based group of anti-regime activists in Syria, posted images of two young boys believed to have died from marasmus, a type of severe malnutrition that can very quickly lead to death if not treated, according to the Daily Mail.
One imam told a TV channel: ‘How does the world sleep with full stomachs while there are hungry people? Are you waiting for us to eat the flesh of our martyrs and our dead?’
Aid agencies report not being able to deliver supplies of food because Syrian Government forces have blocked access to areas under rebel control. The aid agencies have warned the death toll of 100,000 people could soar because supplies of food cannot get through.
‘Influential countries gathered around a table, thrashed out an agreement on chemical weapons and put it into practice,’ Médecins Sans Frontières general director Christopher Stokes said. ‘They have shown it can be done, so where are the efforts to repeat this success with access for humanitarian aid?’
The UN estimates 2 million Syrians have been left homeless since the uprising against president Bashar al-Assad began in 2011.