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Children of Eastern Ghouta 9
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

A young girl is working at her father's food kiosk on the street of Hawa ("Eve" in Arabic) mosque while he went home for lunch. The kiosk sells tomato paste, margarine and jam. Before the war it was a good middle and upper class neighborhood. Today, most people living in the area are on the border of poverty and have to face daily bombardments.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 2
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

Two sisters (right) and their cousins (left) are playing French skipping near their home. The house behind them was hit by mortars several times. Its inhabitants have abandoned it after the bombardments. Despite the danger the constant bombing threats, the girls continue to go out and meet in the streets to play.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 6
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

A young boy coming back from school stares at his neighbors' garden, which was bombed only one hour before. The garden is facing a park where children from the neighborhood often play.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 4
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

10 year-old Mohammed dropped out from school to work and help his parents and three younger siblings. Everyday, the young boy roams the streets of Duma collecting, wooden doors and furniture from shelled houses as well as material like nylon for his mom to cook. Mohammed also collects metal or anything that seems valuable and sells it for extra money. His father has been working as a porter since he lost his job at a bakery five months ago. All bakeries in Eastern Ghoutta have shut down because of the siege. Mohammad says he is proud of what he does and does not feel humiliated from working in the rubble.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 12
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

A young boy poses on his bike on the Al Kabeer mosque square, now referred to as the Al Hurriya (freedom) square, which has witnessed numerous protests since the war began in 2011. Children in Ghouta seem to have lost their sense of fear. They continue to play in the streets despite the constant threat of bombardments, shelling and clashes between armed groups and the Syrian army.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 1
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

Three neighbors walk in front of a five stories building that was destroyed by a Mig rocket on their way home after school. In Ghouta, basements are now safer than the surface. Classes are now happening in underground bunker schools.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 10
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

A young girl is working at her father's food kiosk on the street of Hawa ("Eve" in Arabic) mosque while he went home for lunch. The kiosk sells tomato paste, margarine and jam. Before the war it was a good middle and upper class neighborhood. Today, most people living in the area are on the border of poverty and have to face daily bombardments.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 3
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

10 year-old Mohammed dropped out from school to work and help his parents and three younger siblings. Everyday, the young boy roams the streets of Duma collecting, wooden doors and furniture from shelled houses as well as material like nylon for his mom to cook. Mohammed also collects metal or anything that seems valuable and sells it for extra money. His father has been working as a porter since he lost his job at a bakery five months ago. All bakeries in Eastern Ghoutta have shut down because of the siege. Mohammad says he is proud of what he does and does not feel humiliated from working in the rubble.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 8
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

A father climbs over a three meters high pile of rubble with his four year-old daughter to reach his house. When asked what he was doing, the father said he had just taken his daughter for a walk around the block to get some fresh air.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 5
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

Three children are playing in a building that used to host restaurants. The building was destroyed by rocket shelling and has now become a dumpster.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 11
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

Three children are walking in an empty street in the Hijjareya neighborhood of Ghouta. This rebel held area is located next to Al Wafedeen camp that is held by the Syrian regime and has been the target of heavy clashes between both parties. When asked what they are doing in the street, the children simply said their mother has sent them out to buy groceries.

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Children of Eastern Ghouta 7
Ghouta, Syria
By Yousef Albostany
01 Dec 2013

The kids are playing around over demolished houses. More than 50 houses were completely demolished by a bombardment of 4 rockets.