Aid reaches besieged Syrian towns that "seemed to have lost hope"

Trucks, loaded with enough food to feed 40,000 people for one month in Madaya, Syria, are unloaded in the dark on arrival on 11 January 2016. Photo: WFP/Hussam Alsaleh

When UN humanitarian workers and their partners arrived in the besieged Syrian town of Madaya on Monday, they found residents who were malnourished, desperate and convinced that the world had forgotten about them.

That's according to the man who headed the joint mission carried out by the UN together with the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) and the Syrian Arab Red Crescent.

Yacoub El-Hillo, UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Syria, said despite being gaunt and frail, citizens helped offload the 60 trucks that brought urgently needed food and supplies to Madaya and two other towns.

He told May Yaacoub that it was "a heavy day."

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