A Syrian student receives a vaccination as part of a UNICEF-supported vaccination campaign at a school in Damascus
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David Miliband: Syrian polio outbreak 'menace'

David Miliband has said that the outbreak of polio is a "shocking jolting reminder" of the "misery, death and decay" in Syria.

The World Health Organization has confirmed the first Syrian outbreak of polio in 14 years, with babies and toddlers as its main victims.

Mr Miliband, who is President of the International Rescue Committee, warned that civilian life in Syria is in danger of "going back to the dark ages".

First broadcast on BBC Radio 4's Today programme on Thursday 31st October 2013

  • 31 Oct 2013
  • From the section Health