He Was Crying From Hunger; Mother Of Two-Year-Old Emir Mourns After Her Son Killed By Air Strikes

The body of two-year-old Emir Al-Bash, the Syrian child was taken after he died from a shell blast in Syria’s besieged eastern Ghouta.

Last year, the family lost another son during the bombardment of the region. Emir’s father, Mahmoud al-Bash, 27, told Reuters: “Now I lost my second child. My baby daughter is the only surviving child.”

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The family had left their home in the village of Kafr Batna on Monday for a market in a nearby village, seeking food for their malnourished children, but a mortar shell landed close to them, instantly killing Emir.

At a medical center in the besieged town of Douma, Emir’s mother Heba Amouri sat while his son’s blood still showed on her hand.

“My child died hungry. We wanted to feed him. He was crying from hunger when we left the house,” said the mother.

The mother tried to quieten her surviving baby, a hungry two-month-old girl, by placing her finger in her mouth at the medical centre. Amouri said malnutrition means she is unable to breastfeed her little girl.

The parents of Amir

Eastern Ghouta has been under siege since 2013 and the United Nations estimated 400,000 inhabitants are suffering severe shortages of food and medicine. The region is the last big stronghold of opposition activists fighting President Bashar Assad near the capital Damascus.

Parents and Emir

Earlier on November, the UN children’s agency UNICEF said that 11.9 per cent of children under five in eastern Ghouta suffered acute malnourishment while the mothers of infants had reduced breastfeeding or stopped it altogether because of their own poor nutrition.

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However, Emir was one of six children killed by air strikes on Monday. The International Committee of the Red Cross has said it is alarmed by the ongoing violence in Eastern Ghouta and the growing number of civilian casualties and displacement since the start of the year.

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