“Everyone in Syria has lost something. An arm, a leg or a life,” said Khadijeh, mother of five sons, four of whom are still in the military.
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Hussein, whose legs were blown off, survived.Hussein is one of Syria's many soldiers who, after years of intense fighting, now face a new reality of living without one or more of their limbs, or with other serious disability.The government provides no official statistics for the number of Syrian soldiers who have been killed or wounded in the war, although the number of casualties is believed to be in the tens of thousands.Around 450,000 people are estimated to have died in Syria's conflict, which erupted in March 2011 with protests that later evolved into armed confrontations and a full-blown civil war. Around half of Syria's prewar population of 23 million has been uprooted -- nearly 6 million fled abroad, while 6.6 million are displaced within Syria -- and entire cities lie in ruins, their infrastructure decimated.The Ahmad Hamish Hospital in Damascus is one of the largest facilities in Syria offering support for members of the military, which has been exhausted by the conflict.The center, with its amputees, is a microcosm of Syria, she said.
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