NBC News will present a two-day cross-platform event, Forgotten? Syria’s Children Of War: A Live Documentary, on Tuesday and Wednesday. More than 5 million Syrian children have had their lives scarred by conflict, the news division says, including children displaced inside the country, another million living under seige and a million who are now refugees. The project will span Today, NBC Nightly News, NBCNews.com and social media, creating what the division is calling a “live documentary” — aka a continuous stream of reports from inside and outside Syria’s borders. From the announcement:
Coverage begins Tuesday morning on air and online, including the following:
Chief global correspondent 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 fifteen babies a day and treat countless children 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.
The live documentary continues around the clock on NBCNews.com, featuring extensive original reporting, analysis, and multimedia dispatches from both the teams on the ground in the region and experts here in the U.S. Dr. Snyderman will contribute personal blogs from her unique perspective as a doctor and mother.
Dr. Snyderman will host live webcasts mid-day on both Tuesday and Wednesday — talking to doctors, nurses, and patients in the hospitals and refugee camps.
Every hour over the 48 hour cycle, NBCNews.com will post a new portrait of a Syrian child. Photographers Jerome Delay and Yuka Tachibana will be capturing photos and filing short stories about these young individuals to illustrate the challenges the children face, as well as the moments of joy and hopefulness they are hanging on to.
NBCNews.com and the broadcasts will share lists and profiles of active charities for viewers seeking ways to help.
NBC News journalists will contribute across social media using the hashtag #SyriasChildren.
NBC News is also working closely with major relief organizations such as UNICEF, UNHCR, and Save the Children to present a comprehensive portrait of the war’s devastating toll.