The event, hosted by the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Center for Social Justice, The GU Medical Center and the Institute for the Study of International Migration
on Tuesday in the ICC Auditorium, included a screening of the BBC Panorama film, "Saving Syria's Children" and concluded with a question and answer panel with medical experts Dr. Annie Sparrow
and Dr. HishamNaji. .
We are all criminals for doing our jobs … As doctors, as aid workers, as paramedics, we depend upon the laws of war and humanitarian efforts in order to give aid … But Assad has actually turned all the laws of war upside down in order to control society," Sparrow, the Deputy Director of the Human Rights Program at the Icahn School of Medicine and an assistant professor of global health, said.
Since the fighting began, the focus of the already scarce Syrian medical centers has been on treating wounded soldiers, not everyday medical issues.
Civilian cases simply are not the priority near fighting areas.
Consequently, a lack of vaccines distributed to children has resulted in a surge in polio.
"With taxes against doctor [visits], the structure of the healthcare system, combined with millions and millions of civilians forced to live in refugee camps that are overcrowded, unhygienic … the most appalling, unsanitary conditions, it's no surprise that polio is back," Sparrow