A woman comforted her baby Sunday at a hospital in the Sakhour district of Aleppo, Syria, after both were injured by what activists said was a barrel bomb. From the New York Times:
The Syrian civil war’s impact on the health of Syria’s children is far more insidious than has been widely understood, a leading children’s advocacy group reported Sunday, with large numbers dying or at risk from chronic and preventable diseases that have flourished because the country’s public health system has basically collapsed.
In a report timed to coincide with the start of the fourth year of the conflict, the group, Save the Children, said the effects of untreated illnesses on Syrian children were only partly reflected in the documented statistics. They show that at least 1.2 million children have fled to neighboring countries, that 4.3 million in Syria need humanitarian assistance and that more than 10,000 have died in the violence.
“It is not just the bullets and the shells that are killing and maiming children,” said the report, “A Devastating Toll.” The conflict, which began in March 2011, has left a “shattered health system resulting in brutal medical practices that have left millions of children suffering,” the report said.
The report asserted that “several thousands of children” had died because of greatly reduced access to treatment for diseases including cancer, epilepsy, asthma, diabetes, hypertension and kidney failure.
The basic lack of medical care, including routine vaccinations, the report said, means “increasing numbers of children are suffering and dying from diseases that would previously either have been treated or prevented from taking hold in the first place.”
The report is based partly on conclusions drawn from data that has been issued by other organizations, including the United Nations and the World Health Organization, the European Center for Disease Prevention and Control, Doctors Without Borders, and other medical research, as well as from the Syrian government.
But the report also draws on Save the Children’s own research, including interviews with Syrian children, parents and medical providers who painted what amounted to a portrait of medieval health conditions.
(Photo: Hosam Katan / Reuters via NYT)
BVT News Roundup 20 January 2014.
- BREAKING: Widener University in Chester, PA, 20 miles outside Philadelphia, is on lockdown after a student was shot earlier this evening. The student’s condition is not known; no arrests have been made. (Time)
- OLD JERSEY: Hoboken mayor makes believable claim that the Chris Christie administration threatened to withhold Sandy relief funds unless she supported a Christie-backed building development. (NY Times)
- Investigators document overwhelming evidence that Bashar al-Assad’s regime committed “industrial-scale” killings of 11,000 detainees; calls for Syrian leader to be tried on war crimes charges. (Guardian)
- Meanwhile, Iran will be left out of Syrian peace talks as the Iranian regime begins Day One of a nuclear drawdown. (WashPo / Reuters) An Islamic militant group in Russia claims responsibility for Volgograd bombing last month and vows attacks during the Sochi Olympics. (AP)
- POT NOT: President Obama says smoking pot is no more dangerous than drinking alcohol; some experts beg to differ, man. (NPR)
- POLAR VORTEX 2: The Northeast and Midwest brace for another blast of winter weather beginning Tuesday. (CBS News)
- Sarah Palin uses MLK Day Facebook post to tell President Obama to stop “playing the race card,” because Sarah Palin is a sad piece of deep-fried Alaskan moose turd. (CNN)
- KICKER: Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman says his post-game rant against the 49ers Michael Crabtree happened because Crabtree, in a dickish move, refused to shake Sherman’s outstretched hand after San Francisco’s loss to Seattle on Sunday. Fair enough. Now let’s turn our attention to a even bigger dick move by Dutch speed skater Sjinkie Knegt, who flipped Russian Viktor Ahn a double bird after a second-place finish at the European Short Track championships — and was eventually disqualified. Holland at ya, babe. (SI / NY Daily News)
(Photo: Robert Michael / AFP-Getty via NY Daily News)
Evening News Wrap 16 December 2013.
- SNOOPS DOGGED: A federal judge says the NSA’s phone surveillance activities are likely unconstitutional, “almost Orwellian,” but holds off on issuing an injunction that would halt the agency’s program, giving the Obama administration time to prep an appeal. Snowden 1, Obama 0; terrorists laughing their evil asses off. (NY Times)
- And here’s Edward Snowden saying "I told ya so." (USA Today)
- Meanwhile, the White House still wants Snowden prosecuted. (Reuters)
- DEAL OR NOT NO DEAL: Looks like there are now enough votes in the Senate to pass that bi-partisan budget deal that sailed through the House last week. (WashPo)
- "OUR ESCAPE ROUTE HAS BEEN CUT OFF": Another firefighter unwittingly records the last transmission of the Granite Mountain Hotshots, 19 of whom perished in the Yarnell Hill fire. (WSOC TV via LA Times)
- The United Nations asks for a record $6.5 billion in aid to help Syrian refugees and their host countries. (AP)
- MEDI-SINS: A study shows that multivitamins are a waste, antibacterial soaps may not be safe, and a drug company will no longer pay doctors to plug their products. (CNN / NBC News / NYT)
- Ryan Freel, a professional baseball who committed suicide, is posthumously diagnosed with CTE. (Time)
- A group of U.S. scholars endorse an "academic boycott of Israel" over that country’s treatment of Palestinians. (AP via Yahoo! News)
- This while Israel and Lebanon trade fire; an Israeli soldier was killed by a Lebanese sniper Sunday; two Lebanese soldiers were shot today. (Guardian)
- FUKUSHIMA: Fifty-one U.S. Navy sailors who responded to the nuclear plant disaster are diagnosed with various types of cancer. (Al Jazeera)
- THAT’S RICH: Lottery prize nears $600 million. (CBS News)
- More senselessness, brought to you by guns. The NRA shrugs. (NY Post)
- And finally… WE-LINE: That’s the photo a magazine uses for an article titled "How Humans Created Cats." NB: worst human invention ever*. (The Atlantic)
(*Just kidding. Photo illustration: The Atlantic)
Afternoon News Read 11 December 2013.
- MO ‘BAMACARE: Feds report a sharp rise in the number of people who have signed up for health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act. (NY Times)
- HE’S A FAAAAKE: The alleged sign language interpreter, who stood next to President Obama and scores of other world leaders and dignitaries during the memorial service for Nelson Mandela, was a fraud. (USA Today)
- Here’s an account of what happened on Air Force One en route to South Africa: among other things, George W. Bush showed Hillary Clinton his paintings. (NY Mag)
- PROGRESS, STILL SLOW IN COMING. On the same day that Lululemon’s misogynist founder stepped down GM named Mary Barra the first woman CEO of a major automotive manufacturer. (WashPo)
- Pope Francis is named Person of the Year. (Time)
- Here’s a look at that bipartisan federal budget deal that ends a two year-long stalemate between the GOP and Democrats and which the Tea Party promises to ruin like a bunch of petulant, shit-eating children. (CNN)
- "WITH BULLDOZERS AND BATONS": Police violently attack, then withdraw from protest camp set up in Kiev’s Maidan Square in the Ukraine, drawing E.U. and U.S. condemnation; here’s video of the confrontations. (Guardian / Reuters)
- The United States withdraws portion of “nonlethal aid” to Syrian rebels after Islamist factions seize supply warehouses manned by “Western-backed,” anti-Assad groups. (WSJ)
- Only four gunmen are now believed to have carried out that deadly Kenya mall attack — and they may have escaped alive. (CBS News)
- GUNS: Of the 1,500 pieces of state gun control legislation put forth in the year since the Newtown school massacre, only 178 passed one chamber of a state’s legislature; 109 of those actually became law; and only 39 of those actually tighten gun restrictions. The NRA rejoices. (NY Times)
- And finally… HIGH TIME: Uruguay becomes the first country to legalize and regulate marijuana, allowing for people to purchase it through pharmacies, clubs… or to cultivate their own home-grown cannabis. You can’t always get what you want — but in Uruguay, um, you get what you weed. (Newsweek)
(File photo: Baz Ratner / Reuters via Newsweek)