East Ghouta used to be a place for picnics, and marriage ceremonies, a mere 30 minutes from Damascus. Now it is under siege, and has been for a long time.

The population of East Ghouta is about 400,000. There is severe malnutrition (almost no food) the very modest amount of aid allowed in, frequently gets pilfered.

Despite efforts at negotiating a pause in the fighting, and the Russian Federation has been praised, in this regard, all manner of fighting continues, including cluster bombs



Photos:  Al Jazeera and The New Arab


As ever, the heroes of the piece are local people – the rescuers and Syrian Civil Society / Syrian NGOs – working from Turkey


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