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(2017 Deutsche Welle DocFilms)
Eight children have left behind their families in Rwanda to embark on a life-saving journey. Their destination is the Salam Centre in Sudan, which is run by Italian NGO Emergency. Among the young patients is 6-year-old Angelique. At the age of three she developed rheumatic fever after the onset of tonsillitis, and subsequently suffered severe damage to her heart. Every year 300,000 children and young people in southern Africa die of acquired cardiac disease. By the time Angelique arrives at the Salam Centre, her condition is critical. Two individuals have made her journey here possible: Dr. Emmanuel Rusingiza, one of just two paediatric cardiologists in Rwanda, and Gino Strada, the clinic’s charismatic head surgeon. As one of the founders of the Emergency NGO, he faces a daily struggle to both saving patients’ lives and assuring the financial future of the entire facility.
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previously on DW DocFilms: No Love in a Hostile Climate | The Tattooed Lady | After the Escape: Finding Home in a Foreign Land | The Fruitless Tree | Street Food