By Robert A. Norton

Food has always been a weapon of war and will continue to be in future wars. People in Mosul, Iraq, and Aleppo, Syria, continue to suffer from the direct effects of war, including deprivation and eventual starvation. A refugee calling himself “Raad” describes the nightmare caused by ISIS as they attacked and captured Mosul, a once thriving city in Iraq:

“With the militants digging in as they lost territory elsewhere, Mosul’s residents saw food supplies dwindle until onions and bread were all that was left. Prices that had been kept stable began to spiral. With food in short supply and jobs even scarcer, people started selling anything of value to anyone willing to buy.”

Another refugee, “Khodr Ahmed” sold his car for $400 dollars. But as that money ran out, he sent his young boys Bashir and Mushal out to hunt for scrap metal. As they scrounged, 9-year-old Bashir picked up what turned out to be an abandoned IS explosive. It blew off his hand and gouged a hole in his 10-year-old brother’s shin.

“Poverty and hunger caused all of this,” said Ahmed. And the poverty and hunger, he said, were caused by IS. “For them, they were living the good life. They had food to eat, but because we did not join, there was nothing for us.” READ MORE