Skip to comments.Syrian woman survives 700 days trapped in house
Posted on 06/11/2014 2:17:35 PM PDT by Mount Athos
Over the course of the 700-day blockade, her world shrunk to her living room and her kitchen. She survived by eating plants and reading books. She refused to look in the mirror, because seeing her withered state might break her spirit.
Zeinat Akhras, a 65-year-old pharmacist, still bears the effects of nearly two years trapped in her home, surrounded by rebel fighters during the government's siege on the ancient quarters of the central Syrian city of Homs. She's still a wispy 38 kilograms (83 pounds), even after gaining four kilograms (eight pounds) since the blockade ended in early May with the fall of the rebels in the city.
Homs' Old City, a series of crowded neighborhoods, was under siege and bombardment in a campaign by government forces to starve out rebels.
Most of the tens of thousands of residents of the areas had already fled. With the siege dragging on, rebels began deserting as hunger spread, and morale collapsed in late 2013. Finally, the last few dozen fighters were evacuated in May to areas further north under a cease-fire, and government forces took full control of the city.
Akhras and her two brothers were among the few civilians who stayed until the end, in their multi-story family home in the al-Maljaa quarter, decorated like many of the area's homes in an Arab medieval style of black-and-white geometric facades.
They stayed because they feared rebels would seize the building - the fate of other abandoned homes - or would loot the family pharmacy or clothing shop.
In the beginning, the siege was tolerable because Akhras' family had hoarded provisions for the sometimes long lockdowns during previous gunbattles. They were well stocked with rice, beans and cracked wheat and fuel.
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Preppers take note.
You beat me to it. In before the group ping.
Hat tip to Starstruck for the heads up!
In after the group ping.
LDS church recommends a year of provisions. I’m leaning toward two years of calories, a little light on the protein because we have so many squirrels (and acorns to feed them). Things could get ugly in a lot of places, including in the sad region that used to be a free United States.
She had more than 2 years provisions, but the rebels stole it
How many rolls of toilet paper did she have on hand ?