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.
This one encapsulates the vulnerability of civilians as their president bombs them in their homes. O ther first responders can't help but watch the man rescue a baby who was just baptized by rubble :
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.
Here's the same man helping an injured little girl:
More than 11,000 children have been killed since March 2011, and the rest live amid destruction.
Here's the girl who is in the background of the first photo:
One of the Khabieh's photos is on the cover of today's New York Times:
This view from the sky informs the helplessness of civilians facing the wrath of Assad's warplanes.
Basically, they can be buried at any moment.
And no one is more defenseless than Syrian newborns.
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