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Syria's children of war

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:25

March 10 - A new report by Save the Children says nearly 10,000 young lives have been lost, not just from bullets and bombs, but from a lack of basic medical care in Syria. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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Children await treatment in a hospital in Aleppo. They are the lucky ones. Tens of thousands have died in Syria's three-year-old civil war. Save the Children fears that number will only go higher as fighting continues to hinder medical care. The charity's report on medical care and children in Syria paints a dire picture of Syria's collapsing healthcare system. Newborns have frozen to death in hospital incubators. Doctors have amputated limbs to stop patients from bleeding to death. And more. Roger Hearn of Save the Children. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REGIONAL DIRECTOR OF SAVE THE CHILDREN FOR MIDDLE EAST AND EURASIA, ROGER HEARN, SAYING: "What we've seen with the report is basically, there's been a complete collapse of much of the health system inside Syria. We're seeing situations, for example, in Aleppo, where 36 doctors are looking after around 2.5 million patients across the city. So a system that's collapsed, 60 percent of health facilities have been damaged or destroyed, and as a result of that, we're seeing some really terrible outcomes for children." Millions have fled the violence, many finding refuge in camps in Jordan. It may not be home, but it offers relief for children who have known nothing but war. =

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Syria's children of war

Monday, March 10, 2014 - 01:25