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Syrian 7-Year-Old: 'I Want To Be A Doctor So I Can Help In A Chemical Attack'

As chemical weapons inspectors assess an attack site in Douma, Syrian families from the town offer NPR witness accounts of what they describe as a chlorine strike in Douma.
Amani and her twin daughters Masa and Malaz at a camp for displaced persons in northern Syria after fleeing Douma, a town near Damascus, where they say they suffered a chlorine attack. Source: Lama al-Arian

Seema heard the children on the upper floors of the house scream "chlorine, chlorine!" Amina says she felt gas hit her lungs. Abu Faisal found himself caught in a yellow-tinged cloud.

These are just some of the testimonies collected by NPR from now former residents of Douma, a town outside the Syrian capital Damascus, who say that on the night of April 7, they endured the terrifying experience of a chemical weapons attack.

They detailed the incident at camps for the displaced in Aleppo province, in northern Syria. They had just arrived following the rebel surrender of Douma to the Syrian government, in a deal that left many residents exiled from their homes.

The men and women survivors looked gaunt, exhausted and shell-shocked from years lived under bombings

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