Syria: Thousands trapped in eastern Ghouta are hiding in shelters amid an incessant bombing campaign by the Syrian government.
This basement is home to 300 Syrians hiding from the bombs that don't stop falling in eastern Ghouta.
A resident in one of the shelters, who didn't want to be identified said, "Every place we go, we are attacked." He's among thousands who have arrived in the town of Douma in recent weeks, fleeing rapid regime advances, as the government tightens its grip on the only big rebel enclave near the capital. He did not want to be identified for fear of reprisals, as the army closes in. The man added, "Yesterday, three shells and two airstrikes hit this shelter and now all the foundations are damaged. Look at it. It is completely uninhabitable; it is not even safe to put chickens in."
The U.N. estimates that 400,000 people are trapped in eastern Ghouta, where there are dire shortages of food and medicine. Severe malnutrition and illness are rife. A woman who did not want to be identified said, "We have spat blood, as they say. We have lost everything." This woman's son has been killed, and her husband is wounded. She added, "All we want is for God to ease our suffering. We ask God to help us. We ask people to pray for us. For anyone listening, the whole world has abandoned the Syrian children in Ghouta. We want God to help us. We are so tired. Pray for us, pray for us."
People here fear to leave the relative safety of the basement, even to seek out meager supplies that remain above ground.