On average, five babies who are less than a month old die every minute. Many die in their first day of life. The greatest tragedy is that these deaths are largely from causes that we can prevent.
Like many issues facing children, preventable child deaths are even further exacerbated in refugee camps. Since conflict started in Syria more than four years ago, the number of children in need has exploded. Today, a staggering 5.6 million children are displaced within Syria, and more than 2 million others have sought refuge in neighbouring countries. Newborn babies are the most vulnerable in any situation, but for those born into areas of conflict or crisis, the risk is even greater. That’s when your help is needed most.
Babies Ayman and Tamar will never get to hear their mother tell them she loves them. But they can still have a fair chance in life; a chance to survive their precarious first months and to grow up strong and healthy. © UNICEF/Lebanon 2015/Alessio Romenzi
Triplets Sami, Ayman and Tamar were born in a snowstorm on New Year’s Day in a refugee camp in Lebanon. Their mother Amena had fled to Lebanon to escape the conflict in Syria. Their new home was a freezing cold tent.
Amena never got to hold her three little boys in her arms. She died from birth complications before she could even give them names. Sadly, Sami, the smallest and weakest of the triplets, didn’t make it either.
It's too late for Sami. But it's not too late for his brothers Ayman and Tamar.
No life – and definitely not that of a newborn baby – should be lost to a preventable death when it could be so easily saved.