Breaking Through: A Humanitarian Approach to Besieged Areas in Syria
Hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies
The UN currently estimates that 393,700 people live in besieged areas in Syria, but recent research has suggested that in fact the number is over 1 million. With analysts predicting that the city of Aleppo is soon to be besieged by the regime as a result of its current offensive in Northern Syria, this number could increase even higher. With humanitarian conditions in these areas among the worst in Syria and severely limited humanitarian access, how can we promote access to these areas? What are the greatest needs of people living in besieged areas, and how can humanitarian actors attempt to meet these needs? How can we deliver aid in a way that does not benefit the perpetrators of sieges by contributing to the war economy?
This panel will explore these issues by providing their insights based on recent research conducted in Syria, and their experiences of delivering aid to besieged communities.