Women and children inside the besieged Syrian city of Daraya took to the streets to beg the international community for food and supplies on 11 May, after an aid convoy was refused entry by government forces.
"We don't have the strength to stand on our feet. Everyone here is starving for food", said local resident Om Ayman in a video recorded by the Local Council of Daraya City, a media organisation linked to the Free Syrian Army.
A joint convoy by the United Nations, the International Red Cross and Red crescent was blocked from entering the city, but after negotiations medical supplies, vaccinations and baby milk were allowed to be passed inside. Residents had been waiting in line for many hours to receive food rations. The city has been under siege since 2012, and the cancellation of the food delivery was followed by mortar shelling by government forces, which killed a father and son and injured five other civilians, Amnesty International and local activist groups have said.
"Civilians are on the streets today to protest against the delivery of only medical aid, without any food", an unnamed school teacher said. "The UN today didn't bring any food. No food has entered the city since 2012", she continued.
In an interview with IBTimes UK, Bissan Fakih from The Syrian Campaign called for the international community to drop food and supplies to residents. "Malnourished people who come to greet UN aid trucks ended up dead and injured. No aid was delivered to the city and 8,000 people are still trapped without food," she said.
"This was a failure of the United Nations, a failure of the United States and of Russia. Over a dozen countries are flying in Syrian airspace and they should be conducting air drops today", Fakih continued.
Daraya was the site of some of the earliest protests against the Syrian government, and is run by an elected council and the Free Syrian Army. In February a smuggling route out of the city was cut off, leading to a rapid deterioration in conditions.
Some 1.1 million people live under siege in Syria, according to Siege Watch, with 47 out of 50 areas besieged by the Syrian government.