Hacking Hunger – Episode 7: Breaking Through a Besieged Community in Syria

Published June 8, 2016

In a besieged town in Syria earlier this year, families had been boiling grass to survive when word spread that the first delivery of food and medicine to reach the area in 18 months was on its way. But when the humanitarian convoy was blocked at a government checkpoint, the fate of tens of thousands of Syrians fell hostage to the whims of a single army commander.

In this episode of Hacking Hunger, you’ll hear from the United Nations World Food Programme’s (WFP) Country Director in Syria about just who was on the convoy and what happened next. You’ll also learn how a displaced Syrian aid worker is struggling to feed families cut off from aid.

Listen in to go behind the scenes with these two humanitarians as we reveal the life and death logistical challenges they face while trying to deliver food in one of the most dangerous and volatile countries in the world.