On the third anniversary of Syria's war, NBC News is devoting 48 hours to expose the impact of the humanitarian crisis on its most innocent victims -- the babies and children. Over 5 million Syrian children have had their lives scarred by this conflict, whether losing a loved one, their home, or their school, or by suffering a severe injury. Inside Syria, 3 million children are displaced, and almost a million children live under siege or near a front line. Beyond its borders, another million-plus Syrian children are now refugees.
Over two days and two nights beginning Tuesday, NBC News will bring their stories to the world across platforms, spanning TODAY, Nightly News, NBCNews.com and social media to create a "live documentary" -- a continuous stream of reporting from both inside and outside Syria's borders.
What you can expect and how you can participate:
- Bill Neely will be inside Syria, reporting up close on the schools, hospitals and orphanages that are struggling to care for children in damaged and destroyed communities.
- Chief Medical Editor Dr. Nancy Snyderman will be in the Bekaa Valley in Lebanon -- an area overwhelmed with Syrian refugees, most of whom are living in makeshift shacks or homemade tents. Snyderman will be embedded with a small hospital straining to deliver up to 15 babies a day and treating countless children that are suffering from severe long-term injuries. She will also visit a refugee camp where mobile medical units are providing polio vaccinations and treating malnourished children.
- Dr. Snyderman will host live webcasts at 12 pm ET on both Tuesday and Wednesday -- talking to doctors, nurses and patients in the hospitals and refugee camps. These interactive webcasts will feature questions from readers and viewers. Submit yours on Twitter, Facebook and Google+ using the hashtag #SyriasChildren.
- Over 48-hour cycle, NBCNews.com will post a series of portraits of Syrian children. Photographers Jerome Delay and Yuka Tachibana will be capturing photos and filing stories about these young survivors to illustrate the challenges the children face, as well as the moments of joy and hopefulness they are hanging on to.
- How to Help: NBC News is working with major relief organizations including UNICEF, UNHCR and Save the Children to present a comprehensive portrait of the war's devastating toll and provide an extensive list of resources for readers and viewers to help.