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New life amid the ruins of Mosul's maternity hospital

Newborn babies are seen at an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital in east Mosul, Iraq. Al-Khansa Hospital in East Mosul may be a shell of its former self but it is still the city's main government-run maternity facility. Last month alone, despite severe shortages of medicines and equipment, it delivered nearly 1,400 babies. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Newborn babies are seen at an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital in east Mosul, Iraq. Al-Khansa Hospital in East Mosul may be a shell of its former self but it is still the city's main government-run maternity facility. Last month alone,...more

Newborn babies are seen at an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital in east Mosul, Iraq. Al-Khansa Hospital in East Mosul may be a shell of its former self but it is still the city's main government-run maternity facility. Last month alone, despite severe shortages of medicines and equipment, it delivered nearly 1,400 babies. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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A view of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul, Iraq. When Islamic State took over Mosul in 2014, the hospital stayed open - but residents were only allowed to use a quarter of it. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A view of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul, Iraq. When Islamic State took over Mosul in 2014, the hospital stayed open - but residents were only allowed to use a quarter of it. REUTERS/Azad...more

A view of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul, Iraq. When Islamic State took over Mosul in 2014, the hospital stayed open - but residents were only allowed to use a quarter of it. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Burnt medicine is seen in a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. Islamic State turned the hospital into a warehouse to store medical supplies � mainly glucose injections and cough syrup. As their defeat looked imminent, they started fires and detonated explosives throughout the hospital. 

REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Burnt medicine is seen in a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. Islamic State turned the hospital into a warehouse to store medical supplies � mainly glucose injections and cough syrup. As their...more

Burnt medicine is seen in a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. Islamic State turned the hospital into a warehouse to store medical supplies � mainly glucose injections and cough syrup. As their defeat looked imminent, they started fires and detonated explosives throughout the hospital. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Equipment from an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital, damaged from the war against Islamic State militants, is seen in east Mosul. As Iraqi Forces began their campaign to liberate the city from Islamic State control last year, the militants took over al-Khansa, kicking out patients and sometimes shooting at staff to make them leave. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Equipment from an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital, damaged from the war against Islamic State militants, is seen in east Mosul. As Iraqi Forces began their campaign to liberate the city from Islamic State control last year, the militants...more

Equipment from an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital, damaged from the war against Islamic State militants, is seen in east Mosul. As Iraqi Forces began their campaign to liberate the city from Islamic State control last year, the militants took over al-Khansa, kicking out patients and sometimes shooting at staff to make them leave. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Interior of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Interior of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Interior of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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A view of a maternity hospital destroyed from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A view of a maternity hospital destroyed from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A view of a maternity hospital destroyed from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Newborn babies are seen at an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital in east Mosul. Al-Khansa reopened just weeks after East Mosul was cleared of militants in January. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Newborn babies are seen at an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital in east Mosul. Al-Khansa reopened just weeks after East Mosul was cleared of militants in January. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Newborn babies are seen at an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital in east Mosul. Al-Khansa reopened just weeks after East Mosul was cleared of militants in January. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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People are seen at a maternity hospital, which was damaged from the war against islamic state militants, in east Mosul. Al-Khansa has yet to receive funds for reconstruction from the Health Ministry. Instead it had been relying on NGOs and donations from residents and staff - most of whom have not been paid for more than two years, since Baghdad cut salaries to choke off funding to Islamic State. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

People are seen at a maternity hospital, which was damaged from the war against islamic state militants, in east Mosul. Al-Khansa has yet to receive funds for reconstruction from the Health Ministry. Instead it had been relying on NGOs and donations...more

People are seen at a maternity hospital, which was damaged from the war against islamic state militants, in east Mosul. Al-Khansa has yet to receive funds for reconstruction from the Health Ministry. Instead it had been relying on NGOs and donations from residents and staff - most of whom have not been paid for more than two years, since Baghdad cut salaries to choke off funding to Islamic State. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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A view of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A view of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A view of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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A man works to rebuild a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A man works to rebuild a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A man works to rebuild a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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A view of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A view of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

A view of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Burnt medicine is seen in a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Burnt medicine is seen in a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Burnt medicine is seen in a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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Equipment from an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital, damaged from the war against Islamic State militants, is seen in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Equipment from an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital, damaged from the war against Islamic State militants, is seen in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari

Equipment from an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital, damaged from the war against Islamic State militants, is seen in east Mosul. REUTERS/Azad Lashkari
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