The UN fights its way through to the camp every day and has distributed 7,000 food parcels in the past month, but that is not nearly enough. More than 80 people have died of starvation. Others have died trying to reach the most unsuitable food: CNN reported this week that three people were shot by snipers as they made their way to an open field to eat the grass.
Yesterday the UN agency for Palestinian refugees released this Associated Press to try to give the world a clue about the scale of deprivation caused by years of civil war. Nearly 50,000 more are besieged in Homs and in the north near Aleppo.
Even in February, this is going to be a strong candidate for picture of the year - and you can bet that there will soon be people claiming that it is a fake - so it is interesting to see how the papers treated it.
This was a shame because in going for what most would regard as maximum possible impact, the presentation failed. The Guardian is the one paper with a centre spread that is always given over to a photograph and today that fell on 18 and 19 - the page before the Syrian copy.
Supposing the Indian holy man preparing for Shivaratri had been displaced from the spread, how could the Guardian give the Syrian photograph proper projection front and inside?
Perhaps by taking a detail as a solo puff, something like the mocked up version on the left. The extra space could either be used to start the Syrian copy on the front, to run the splash longer complete with the stabbed woman inquest that sparked the splash, or even to use pictures of the Woolwich killers.
With Russia on the front and a forward spread, the Independent had scope to make something of the refugees if it wishes. But it preferred a file picture of the Al Aqsa mosque for the world front and a whale graveyard.
It did, at least run it across a spread - but it feels like a space-filler. just another picture with a skinny caption to break up some commentary, news from Turkey and a rather nice, but rather too long, tale about a couple