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Babies starve as Mosul war grinds on

A nurse touches the hand of Nawras Raed, a six-month-old Iraqi girl, at a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara, Iraq April 6, 2017. The babies cry with hunger but are so severely malnourished that doctors treating them at a hospital in Iraq would make their condition worse if they fed them enough to stop the pangs.

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A nurse touches the hand of Nawras Raed, a six-month-old Iraqi girl, at a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara, Iraq April 6, 2017. The babies cry with hunger but are so severely malnourished that doctors treating them at a hospital in...more

A nurse touches the hand of Nawras Raed, a six-month-old Iraqi girl, at a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara, Iraq April 6, 2017. The babies cry with hunger but are so severely malnourished that doctors treating them at a hospital in Iraq would make their condition worse if they fed them enough to stop the pangs. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Dua Nawaf, 8, whose family was killed in an airstrike in Mosul, sits at a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Many of the starving infants are from Mosul, where war between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces is taking a heavy toll on several hundred thousand civilians trapped inside the city.

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Dua Nawaf, 8, whose family was killed in an airstrike in Mosul, sits at a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Many of the starving infants are from Mosul, where war between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces is taking a heavy...more

Dua Nawaf, 8, whose family was killed in an airstrike in Mosul, sits at a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Many of the starving infants are from Mosul, where war between Islamic State militants and Iraqi forces is taking a heavy toll on several hundred thousand civilians trapped inside the city. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Dua Nawaf, 8, whose family was killed in an airstrike in Mosul, is carried by her aunt. The girl suffered burns to the head and hands in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition that killed more than 100 people in the Mosul Jadida district last month, including both her parents. "The family told me this morning that she (Dua) had some problems, especially in the night, so we are organizing a mental health (assessment) for her," pediatrician Rosanna Meneghetti said, reaching into her pocket for a balloon, which she inflated and gave to the girl. Only the faintest hint of a smile appeared on Dua's face.

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Dua Nawaf, 8, whose family was killed in an airstrike in Mosul, is carried by her aunt. The girl suffered burns to the head and hands in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition that killed more than 100 people in the Mosul Jadida district last month,...more

Dua Nawaf, 8, whose family was killed in an airstrike in Mosul, is carried by her aunt. The girl suffered burns to the head and hands in an airstrike by the U.S.-led coalition that killed more than 100 people in the Mosul Jadida district last month, including both her parents. "The family told me this morning that she (Dua) had some problems, especially in the night, so we are organizing a mental health (assessment) for her," pediatrician Rosanna Meneghetti said, reaching into her pocket for a balloon, which she inflated and gave to the girl. Only the faintest hint of a smile appeared on Dua's face. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. A new, specialist ward was opened recently to deal with the growing number of children from Mosul showing signs of malnutrition as the conflict grinds on -- most of them less than six-months-old.

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An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. A new, specialist ward was opened recently to deal with the growing number of children from Mosul showing signs of malnutrition as the conflict grinds on -- most of them...more

An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. A new, specialist ward was opened recently to deal with the growing number of children from Mosul showing signs of malnutrition as the conflict grinds on -- most of them less than six-months-old. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. That means they were born around the time Iraqi forces severed Islamic State's last major supply route from Mosul to Syria, besieging the militants inside the city, but also creating acute shortages of food.

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An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. That means they were born around the time Iraqi forces severed Islamic State's last major supply route from Mosul to Syria, besieging the militants inside the city, but...more

An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. That means they were born around the time Iraqi forces severed Islamic State's last major supply route from Mosul to Syria, besieging the militants inside the city, but also creating acute shortages of food. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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A nurse checks patient Nawras Raed at a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. "Normally nutritional crises are much more common in Africa and not in this kind of country," said pediatrician Rosanna Meneghetti at the hospital, which is run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Qayyara, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Mosul. "We did not anticipate this".

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A nurse checks patient Nawras Raed at a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. "Normally nutritional crises are much more common in Africa and not in this kind of country," said pediatrician Rosanna Meneghetti at the hospital, which is...more

A nurse checks patient Nawras Raed at a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. "Normally nutritional crises are much more common in Africa and not in this kind of country," said pediatrician Rosanna Meneghetti at the hospital, which is run by aid group Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) in Qayyara, about 60 km (40 miles) south of Mosul. "We did not anticipate this". REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Ayham Ahmed, 5, who was wounded with his family in an explosion in Mosul, lies as his grandmother prays. So far, the number of cases recorded is below the level considered critical but it nonetheless highlights the hardship faced by civilians who are effectively being held hostage by Islamic State.

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Ayham Ahmed, 5, who was wounded with his family in an explosion in Mosul, lies as his grandmother prays. So far, the number of cases recorded is below the level considered critical but it nonetheless highlights the hardship faced by civilians who are...more

Ayham Ahmed, 5, who was wounded with his family in an explosion in Mosul, lies as his grandmother prays. So far, the number of cases recorded is below the level considered critical but it nonetheless highlights the hardship faced by civilians who are effectively being held hostage by Islamic State. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Iraqi children lie in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition have retaken most of the city but are struggling to dislodge the militants from several districts in the west, including the Old City.

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Iraqi children lie in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition have retaken most of the city but are struggling to dislodge the militants from several districts in the west, including the Old...more

Iraqi children lie in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Iraqi forces backed by a U.S.-led coalition have retaken most of the city but are struggling to dislodge the militants from several districts in the west, including the Old City. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Iraqi girl Nawras Raed, six months old, lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Residents who have managed to escape say there is almost nothing to eat but flour mixed with water and boiled wheat grain. What little food remains is too expensive for most residents to afford, or kept for Islamic State members and their supporters.

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Iraqi girl Nawras Raed, six months old, lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Residents who have managed to escape say there is almost nothing to eat but flour mixed with water and boiled wheat grain. What little food remains...more

Iraqi girl Nawras Raed, six months old, lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Residents who have managed to escape say there is almost nothing to eat but flour mixed with water and boiled wheat grain. What little food remains is too expensive for most residents to afford, or kept for Islamic State members and their supporters. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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A nurse checks an Iraqi girl in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. In the ward, a team of doctors monitors the babies' progress in grams, feeding them a special peanut-based paste that will gradually accustom them to eating and increase their weight.

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A nurse checks an Iraqi girl in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. In the ward, a team of doctors monitors the babies' progress in grams, feeding them a special peanut-based paste that will gradually accustom them to eating and...more

A nurse checks an Iraqi girl in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. In the ward, a team of doctors monitors the babies' progress in grams, feeding them a special peanut-based paste that will gradually accustom them to eating and increase their weight. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Ayham Ahmed, 5, who was wounded with his family in an explosion in Mosul, plays with his sister. On average, more than half the patients seen in the emergency room of the MSF hospital are under the age of 15, partly because there is a shortage of pediatricians in the area, so many children are referred there. The pediatric ward is so full there are two patients to each bed, and most of the women's wing is taken up by children recovering from war injuries such as broken limbs, burns and shrapnel.

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Ayham Ahmed, 5, who was wounded with his family in an explosion in Mosul, plays with his sister. On average, more than half the patients seen in the emergency room of the MSF hospital are under the age of 15, partly because there is a shortage of...more

Ayham Ahmed, 5, who was wounded with his family in an explosion in Mosul, plays with his sister. On average, more than half the patients seen in the emergency room of the MSF hospital are under the age of 15, partly because there is a shortage of pediatricians in the area, so many children are referred there. The pediatric ward is so full there are two patients to each bed, and most of the women's wing is taken up by children recovering from war injuries such as broken limbs, burns and shrapnel. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. The diminutive patients are also treated for other diseases associated with malnutrition, which weakens the immune system, making them even more vulnerable. "It's a new thing in Iraq," said MSF project coordinator Isabelle Legall. "Most of the (Iraqi) doctors have never seen it (malnutrition)".

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An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. The diminutive patients are also treated for other diseases associated with malnutrition, which weakens the immune system, making them even more vulnerable. "It's a new...more

An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. The diminutive patients are also treated for other diseases associated with malnutrition, which weakens the immune system, making them even more vulnerable. "It's a new thing in Iraq," said MSF project coordinator Isabelle Legall. "Most of the (Iraqi) doctors have never seen it (malnutrition)". REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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Iraqi children lie in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Part of the problem, Legall said, is a lack of tradition of breast-feeding among Iraqi mothers, who usually raise their babies on formula milk, which is now almost impossible to come by in Mosul. Even if they want to breastfeed, many mothers find it difficult due to the physical and emotional strain of living in a warzone: "The mother is very stressed and can't find much food herself so cannot produce so much milk," Meneghetti said.

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Iraqi children lie in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Part of the problem, Legall said, is a lack of tradition of breast-feeding among Iraqi mothers, who usually raise their babies on formula milk, which is now almost...more

Iraqi children lie in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Part of the problem, Legall said, is a lack of tradition of breast-feeding among Iraqi mothers, who usually raise their babies on formula milk, which is now almost impossible to come by in Mosul. Even if they want to breastfeed, many mothers find it difficult due to the physical and emotional strain of living in a warzone: "The mother is very stressed and can't find much food herself so cannot produce so much milk," Meneghetti said. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. One of the mothers from Mosul told the doctors she had no option but to feed her baby sugar dissolved in water, yogurt, or a mixture of flour and water. "All of this is because of Daesh (Islamic State)," said another mother, keeping vigil over her emaciated baby.

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An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. One of the mothers from Mosul told the doctors she had no option but to feed her baby sugar dissolved in water, yogurt, or a mixture of flour and water. "All of this is...more

An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. One of the mothers from Mosul told the doctors she had no option but to feed her baby sugar dissolved in water, yogurt, or a mixture of flour and water. "All of this is because of Daesh (Islamic State)," said another mother, keeping vigil over her emaciated baby. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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A doctor checks an Iraqi girl in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Many babies are brought to the hospital with respiratory problems such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia -� most of them from camps for the displaced, where cramped conditions enable viruses to spread.

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A doctor checks an Iraqi girl in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Many babies are brought to the hospital with respiratory problems such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia -� most of them from camps for the displaced, where cramped...more

A doctor checks an Iraqi girl in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Many babies are brought to the hospital with respiratory problems such as bronchiolitis and pneumonia -� most of them from camps for the displaced, where cramped conditions enable viruses to spread. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Two children buried under blankets are suffering from birth asphyxia which occurs when a baby's brain and other organs do not get enough oxygen before, during or immediately after being born. Meneghetti said their mothers had probably needed a surgical birth but were unable to reach a hospital so delivered at home and experienced complications.

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An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Two children buried under blankets are suffering from birth asphyxia which occurs when a baby's brain and other organs do not get enough oxygen before, during or...more

An Iraqi child lies in a hospital run by Medecins Sans Frontieres in Qayyara. Two children buried under blankets are suffering from birth asphyxia which occurs when a baby's brain and other organs do not get enough oxygen before, during or immediately after being born. Meneghetti said their mothers had probably needed a surgical birth but were unable to reach a hospital so delivered at home and experienced complications. REUTERS/Suhaib Salem
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