Displaced Syrian women wait at a makeshift clinic at the Internally Displaced Persons (IDP) camp of al-Hol in al-Hasakeh governorate in northeastern Syria,on February 7, 2019. AFP / FADEL SENNA
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Post-Daesh, malnutrition grips Syrian babiesThey survived the crumbling "caliphate" of Daesh (ISIS) by a thread, but skeletal babies streaming into this displacement camp in northeastern Syria now face a race against malnutrition. Many walk for days in the desert to reach an SDF-run collection point, where they are screened, provided with some food and water and loaded into trucks for the hours-long journey north to Al-Hol.But that desert odyssey can be deadly -- at least 35 newborns and infants have died either en route to the camp or just after they arrive, according to the United Nations.Severe acute malnutrition (SAM) can be life-threatening for children, particularly infants who could literally waste away.Across war-ravaged Syria, 18,700 children under 5 are suffering from SAM, according to the World Food Program.The KRC told AFP it had transferred dozens of SAM cases from Al-Hol to Hassakeh in recent weeks, including 29 currently being treated there.Mar Ephraem Thursday ordered one baby's emergency transfer to the hospital.
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