War wounded in Syria presage a medical crisis
ATMEH, Syria – A baby boy joined the ranks of Syria’s tens of thousands of war wounded when a missile fired by Bashar Assad’s air force slammed into his family home and shrapnel pierced his skull.
Four-month-old Fahed Darwish suffered brain damage and, like thousands of others seriously hurt in the civil war, he will likely need care well after the fighting is over. That’s something doctors say a post-conflict Syria won’t be able to provide.
Making things worse, there has been a sharp spike in serious injuries since the summer, when the regime began bombing rebel-held areas from the air, and doctors say a majority of the wounded they now treat are civilians.
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