by Oke Efagene
A disturbing photo has emerged of Syrian rebels butchering a lion taken from a local zoo to eat. This appears to be a desperate move to further show how hungry the residents are.
The picture which has gone viral on social media cannot be independently verified.
It shows men cutting up an emaciated lion which is believed to be from Al-Qarya al-Shama zoo.
According to reports:
The Syrian Army’s siege of the eastern Ghouta districts of the city has lasted more than six months, with residents reporting acute food shortages and hardship with the onset of winter.
Last month, during the Eid al-Adha holiday, clerics issued a fatwa that allowed beseiged Syrians to eat cats and dogs as food supplies ran low.
The United Nations delivered food to 3.3 million people in Syria in October, up from 2.7 million the previous month, but said on Friday civilians were going hungry in besieged areas that remain inaccessible.
Embattled parts of Damascus and its rural areas, where fighting has intensified, have not been reached for many months and the nutritional state of those trapped is believed to have deteriorated significantly, the World Food Programme (WFP) said.
More children are being admitted to hospitals in Damascus and other parts of the country for treatment of malnutrition, a condition that leaves them weakened and more susceptible to other diseases, the U.N. Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.