Tuesday, 23 April, 2019

World shows support for Syrian baby who lost an eye in bombing

Patty Aguilar | 21 December, 2017, 19:30

Earlier this year, a similar push campaign took place in Yemen, where users shared photos of themselves with one eye closed in solidarity with a young girl injured and orphaned in an air strike by a Saudi-led coalition battling the rebel Houthi movement.

"It is very hard to find a proper job under these circumstances", he said.

"Doctors in Ghouta are taking care of Karim, but he needs specialists in neurology, ophthalmology and cosmetic surgery", Mr Nour said. He has a fractured skull.

Eastern Ghouta is the last remaining rebel-held stronghold, and it has faced months of bombardment from Russian and Syrian government planes.

He added cold weather threatens to further deteriorate the situation.

The siege, which began in 2013, has deprived the local population of food, fuel, and medicine.

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UNICEF said a November survey of the Eastern Ghouta showed 12 percent of children under five were suffering from acute malnutrition.

The International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC) warned of a humanitarian crisis in Syria's besieged Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of Damascus, due to intensified fighting, food shortages, and blocking of medical evacuations and aid delivery. "As so often in Syria over the last 6 years, ordinary people are once again trapped in a situation where life slowly becomes impossible and where goods and aid are severely limited", the ICRC's Middle East director, Robert Mardini said in a statement on Monday.

"All that is needed is the green light from the Syrian authorities for these people to go to hospitals just a few miles outside of eastern Ghouta", he added.

Heartbreaking photographs of the baby have been widely shared online by activists to highlight the desperate situation of many like Karim trapped inside Eastern Ghouta.

Almost half of the 400,000 people trapped inside the rebel-held region are children, according to Unicef.

President Bashar al-Assad's regime has refused to allow the United Nations to transfer almost 500 people requiring medical evacuation to hospitals only minutes away.

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