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In Pictures: The children of Syria's Ghouta
Young people living in war-ravaged Damascus suburbs often lack basic necessities and live in fear from shelling.
Last updated: 10 Jan 2014 11:31
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East Ghouta, Syria - Residents of East Ghouta, on the outskirts of the Syrian capital Damascus, have witnessed terrible conditions for more than a year, with clashes and shelling from Syrian government forces causing widespread death, destruction and hardship. Rebel fighters are also blamed for violent human rights abuses in other parts of the country. 

The war's effect on children has been especially serious. Many young Syrians in East Ghouta lack the most basic necessities and live in constant fear from the shelling. Some have become homeless, while others have dropped out of school. Many have been forced to search for anything to eat or sell, desperately trying to find firewood for heating and cooking - making them working adults before their time.

Nevertheless, many of their faces still beam with the hope and innocence of childhood.


/Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media
Ten-year-old Mohammed dropped out from school to work and help his parents and three younger siblings. Every day, the young boy roams the streets collecting wooden doors and furniture from shelled houses as well as material like nylon. Mohammed also collects metal or anything that seems valuable and sells it for extra money.


/Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media
Three children walk in front of a five-storey building destroyed by a rocket on their way home after school. In Ghouta, basements are safer than the surface, and classes are held in underground bunker schools.


/Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media
A young boy returning from school stares at his neighbours' garden, which was bombed only one hour earlier. The garden faces a park where children from the neighbourhood often play.


/Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media
More than 50 houses in the area were completely demolished by a bombardment of rockets.


/Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media
A young girl works at her father's food kiosk as he takes a lunch break. The kiosk sells tomato paste, margarine and jam. Before the war this was a mainly a middle- and upper-class neighbourhood. But today, many live in poverty.


/Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media
A father climbs over a 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.


/Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media
Three children walk in an empty street in Ghouta's Hijjareya neighbourhood. This rebel-held area is located next to the Al Wafedeen refugee camp, which is held by the Syrian regime. When asked what they are doing in the street, the children said their mother had sent them to buy groceries.


/Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media
A young boy poses on his bike in what has become known as al-Hurriya ("Freedom") Square, which has witnessed many protests since the war began in 2011. Children in Ghouta seem to have lost their sense of fear, playing in the streets despite the constant threat of bombardments and clashes.



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Ten-year-old Mohammed dropped out from school to work and help his parents and three younger siblings. Every day, the young boy roams the streets collecting wooden doors and furniture from shelled houses as well as material like nylon. Mohammed also collects metal or anything that seems valuable and sells it for extra money.

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Ten-year-old Mohammed dropped out from school to work and help his parents and three younger siblings. Every day, the young boy roams the streets collecting wooden doors and furniture from shelled houses as well as material like nylon. Mohammed also collects metal or anything that seems valuable and sells it for extra money.

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Three children walk in front of a five-storey building destroyed by a rocket on their way home after school. In Ghouta, basements are safer than the surface, and classes are held in underground bunker schools.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Children_of_Ghouta/slideshow/no-caption/db4968c0d7e6889cf7c5b5c43a572ed4Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media

Three children walk in front of a five-storey building destroyed by a rocket on their way home after school. In Ghouta, basements are safer than the surface, and classes are held in underground bunker schools.

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A young boy returning from school stares at his neighbours' garden, which was bombed only one hour earlier. The garden faces a park where children from the neighbourhood often play.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Children_of_Ghouta/slideshow/no-caption/a040c08acf822831185586a1845c1b26Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media

A young boy returning from school stares at his neighbours' garden, which was bombed only one hour earlier. The garden faces a park where children from the neighbourhood often play.

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More than 50 houses in the area were completely demolished by a bombardment of rockets.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Children_of_Ghouta/slideshow/no-caption/751c2aecd9dfe12de9fb636ee54d09ceYousef Albostany/Transterra Media

More than 50 houses in the area were completely demolished by a bombardment of rockets.

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A young girl works at her father's food kiosk as he takes a lunch break. The kiosk sells tomato paste, margarine and jam. Before the war this was a mainly a middle- and upper-class neighbourhood. But today, many live in poverty.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Children_of_Ghouta/slideshow/no-caption/a15d34dbfd3920d7ff6e9ff5338442a2Yousef Albostany/Transterra Media

A young girl works at her father's food kiosk as he takes a lunch break. The kiosk sells tomato paste, margarine and jam. Before the war this was a mainly a middle- and upper-class neighbourhood. But today, many live in poverty.

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A father climbs over a 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.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Children_of_Ghouta/slideshow/no-caption/ec22f819c76322967f59450b461beb6dYousef Albostany/Transterra Media

A father climbs over a 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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Three children walk in an empty street in Ghouta's Hijjareya neighbourhood. This rebel-held area is located next to the Al Wafedeen refugee camp, which is held by the Syrian regime. When asked what they are doing in the street, the children said their mother had sent them to buy groceries.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Children_of_Ghouta/slideshow/no-caption/acfefe4abdf3c3e78c65c683f92f3d8fYousef Albostany/Transterra Media

Three children walk in an empty street in Ghouta's Hijjareya neighbourhood. This rebel-held area is located next to the Al Wafedeen refugee camp, which is held by the Syrian regime. When asked what they are doing in the street, the children said their mother had sent them to buy groceries.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Children_of_Ghouta/slideshow/no-caption/9e5380588aa62d1524b63f0468768fca

A young boy poses on his bike in what has become known as al-Hurriya ("Freedom") Square, which has witnessed many protests since the war began in 2011. Children in Ghouta seem to have lost their sense of fear, playing in the streets despite the constant threat of bombardments and clashes.

http://aljazeera.galleries.newscred.com/gallery/Children_of_Ghouta/slideshow/no-caption/9e5380588aa62d1524b63f0468768fcaYousef Albostany/Transterra Media

A young boy poses on his bike in what has become known as al-Hurriya ("Freedom") Square, which has witnessed many protests since the war began in 2011. Children in Ghouta seem to have lost their sense of fear, playing in the streets despite the constant threat of bombardments and clashes.



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