Linda Davidson/ The Washington Post
Of all the Syrian refugee children living with their families in an abandoned shopping mall in Lebanon, Mohammad al-Khalid is the only one wearing glasses, a luxury his parents can no longer afford. At age 4, he has a patch on one eye. He and his 2-year-old brother, Ahmed, are battling eye cancer, something doctors say is not unusual for siblings. Ahmed lost his left eye to the disease before his first birthday, and Syrian doctors say that without treatment he is in danger of losing the other if he doesn’t get chemotherapy. Syria provides virtually free health care, but that ended when Mohammad and Ahmed fled Syria after a bomb leveled their family’s home. They are among thousands of refugees in need of health care. U.N. refugee funds cover most of the bills; private aid groups handle the rest. The health-care system is swamped and doctors say the situation will become dramatically worse without major international support.