Watching Children Starve to Death

An exclusive look at the suffering inside Iraq's devastated hospitals

In a dingy pediatric ward at Baghdad's Qadissiya Hospital, Fadhia, 19, stands vigil over a crib where her five-month-old daughter lies dying of malnutrition. She has been here before: a month earlier she watched as her three-year-old son succumbed to starvation and diarrhea. Now she watches as her little daughter, her face all shriveled and her body bony, grows smaller every day. The hospital is crammed with such children. But it has no food to save them, and scant medicine.

Even sheets and diapers are lacking, so the famished babies lie naked on plastic mattresses. Each day the hospital admits another...

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