August 19, 2017 16:23 IST

New life amid the ruins of Mosul's maternity hospital

1 of 5 Mosul's maternity hospital,Al-Khansa Hospital,East Mosul
Newborn babies are seen at an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital in east Mosul, Iraq. Al-Khansa Hospital in East Mosul may be a shell of its former self but it is still the city's main government-run maternity facility. Last month alone, despite severe shortages of medicines and equipment, it delivered nearly 1,400 babies. Credit: Reuters
2 of 5 Mosul's maternity hospital,Al-Khansa Hospital,East Mosul
A view of a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul, Iraq. When Islamic State took over Mosul in 2014, the hospital stayed open - but residents were only allowed to use a quarter of it. Credit: Reuters
3 of 5 Mosul's maternity hospital,Al-Khansa Hospital,East Mosul
Burnt medicine is seen in a maternity hospital damaged from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. Islamic State turned the hospital into a warehouse to store medical supplies – mainly glucose injections and cough syrup. As their defeat looked imminent, they started fires and detonated explosives throughout the hospital. Credit: Reuters
4 of 5 Mosul's maternity hospital,Al-Khansa Hospital,East Mosul
Equipment from an intensive care unit of a maternity hospital, damaged from the war against Islamic State militants, is seen in east Mosul. As Iraqi Forces began their campaign to liberate the city from Islamic State control last year, the militants took over al-Khansa, kicking out patients and sometimes shooting at staff to make them leave. Credit: Reuters
5 of 5 Mosul's maternity hospital,Al-Khansa Hospital,East Mosul
A view of a maternity hospital destroyed from the war against Islamic State militants in east Mosul. Credit: Reuters