11 January 2014

One Hearthbreaking Photo from Syria

Rescued Baby
The war in Syria is a very complicated one, but it is not hard to fathom who will likely be the most affected: women and children.

To show the tragic outcome of this senseless conflict, Bassam Khabieh of Reuters has taken a particularly startling series of photos capturing the aftermath of an airstrike by the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad on the rebel-held Damascus suburb of Duma last 7 January 2014.

The picture above encapsulates the vulnerability of civilians as their president bombs them in their homes. Other first responders can't help but watch the man rescue a baby who was just baptized by rubble. At the background, a man carries a wounded girl who survived the airstrike.

Duma, nine miles northwest of Damascus, is the largest patch of rebel-held ground near the capital. The suburb of about 200,000 has been bombed almost every day since mid-October 2011.

More than 11,000 children have been killed since March 2011, and the rest live amid destruction.