Thanks to a new fundraising campaign by Hand in Hand for Syria it is now known that the "basic hospital funded by handouts" which featured in BBC Panorama 'Saving Syria's Children' as the setting for the aftermath of the extremely dubious "playground napalm bomb attack" has until recently been funded by "a European donor which supports global emergency response.. ..via an INGO partner" to the tune of "between $60,000 and $70,000 a month".
It is described as "One of the country's most sophisticated remaining hospitals"
The campaign has garnered coverage in the Times and Guardian
I have commented under the Guardian piece (see below) - last time I posted a link to my blog on 'Saving Syria's Children' on CiF I received an email telling me it was "potentially defamatory", so not sure how long this one will stay up.
Hand in Hand for Syria co-founder and chairman Faddy Salhoul’s Facebook banner reads “We will bring Assad to justice, no matter what lives it takes, no matter how much catastrophe it makes”. This hardly sits with Hand in Hand for Syria’s declared purpose (on the Charity Commission website) of “the advancement of health or saving lives”.
In a 29 August 2013 BBC News item Ian Pannell described Atareb (as it is now known to be) as “a basic hospital funded by handouts”. The inaccuracy of this description is now revealed by the list of facilities and the funding arrangements discussed above.
That this funding was in place prior to the “incendiary bomb attack” of last August 26 which featured in Panorama 'Saving Syria's Children' is clear from Hand in Hand’s website, which in a June 2014 article states “after one year our agreement with our INGO partner has come to an end”.
Dr Rola Hallam, who 'starred' in ‘Saving Syria’s Children’, writes “The hospital costs between $60,000 and $70,000 a month to operate, depending on our field costs”.
Wider issues around Panorama ‘Saving Syria’s Children’ are currently under consideration by the BBC Trust.