Ronia’s family escaped the war in Syria, but not the chronic illness that took her husband’s life. 

Ronia fears her little daughter "Layla" could be next.

Like her father, Layla was born with thalassaemia, a blood disorder that torments her family as much as the conflict back home, and maybe more.

In June, UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie visited the family’s home in Domiz refugee camp, in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq, and listened to the story of how they fled Syria in January 2013.

Ronia told Jolie the fighting kept her husband from getting proper medical care.

  • UNHCR: Syrian family dodge conflict, but struggle to outrun a deadly disease

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    Sunday 21 October 2018 | 2:20 AM Damascus Time