Friday 19 January 2018

Harrowing images capture Syrian infant's last hours

*Warning this story contains images readers may find distressing

A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is carried by a nurse at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017
A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is carried by a nurse at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017
A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is being weighed at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO
A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is carried by a nurse at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017.
A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is seen at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017.
A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is being weighed at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017.
A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is carried by a nurse at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017.
A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is seen at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / Amer ALMOHIBANY /
A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is carried by a nurse at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017.
A Syrian infant suffering from severe malnutrition is carried by a nurse at a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, on October 21, 2017. / AFP
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These haunting images show a doctor in Syria treating a malnourished child in a rebel held area near the capital, just hours before she died.

The infant, Sahar Dofdaa, lived for just over a month due to severe malnourishment.

Her heartbroken parents brought her to a clinic in the rebel-controlled town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on Saturday.

An AFP repoerted documented the devastating moment which shows the reality of Syria's food supply problems.

The little girl sadly died on Sunday - a day after doctors found her to weigh less then 2kgs.

Her mother was too malnourished to feed her and the family could not afford food.

Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, where these children are from, is one of four “de-escalation zones” set up in May under a deal between backers of rival sides in the Syrian war.

However food supply and humanitarian aid is still slow to reach the region.

The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said another child died on Saturday in Ghouta from malnutrition also.

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