When you think of the health risks posed by Syria’s conflict, you probably picture dramatic injuries caused by bullets and bombs. But many people are struggling to cope with long-term conditions. Across Syria, people face pain and danger as health services collapse.
Teenager Sulaf and her 7-year-old sister Hiba are waiting at the Syrian Arab Red Crescent (SARC) children’s clinic in Dwailaa, Rural Damascus. The girls are diabetic, and waiting to get their insulin.
Sulaf, 15, has been having problems with her eyesight too, and her family are concerned. Then the girls’ mother is given some shocking news. She says: “The doctor said that Sulaf’s optic nerve is damaged, and the cause is the high degree of her diabetes”. More