After death of one-month-old Sahar Dofdaa, aid officials warn of catastrophe and say many more children are at risk

The continuing suffering of civilians living under siege in Syria has been brought into sharp focus by new images of a malnourished baby who later died of starvation in a suburb of Damascus controlled by the opposition.

The images, released on Monday by the news agency AFP, show Sahar Dofdaa, a one-month-old baby weighing less than 2kg, with sunken eyes and her ribs protruding through translucent skin. The child was being treated for malnutrition by a doctor in the town of Hamouria, in the eastern Ghouta region. She died on Sunday.

“The supplies are very low, and if it continues more kids will die,” said one aid official, who requested anonymity.

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