UN Aid Agencies Hampered By Red Tape and Threats in Syria

More than 9 million Syrians are in need of aid


(Reuters)—It is a 15-minute drive from the five-star hotel that houses U.N. aid staff in Damascus to rebel-held suburbs where freezing children are starving to death.

Yet it is months since convoys from the United Nations and other agencies have delivered food or medical care to many such areas—prevented by a Syrian government accused of using hunger as a weapon of war against its people.