The Fragility Of Syria In One Heartbreaking Photo

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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 :

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A man carries a baby who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus January 7, 2014.

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:

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A man reacts as he carries a wounded girl who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus January 7, 2014.

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:

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A man reacts as he carries a wounded girl who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus January 7, 2014.

One of the Khabieh's photos  is on the cover of today's New York Times:

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This view from the sky informs the helplessness of civilians facing the wrath of Assad's warplanes.

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People inspect a site hit by what activists said was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus January 7, 2014.

Basically, they can be buried at any moment.

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A man helps to pull a person out from under rubble at a site hit by what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus January 7, 2014.

And no one is more defenseless than Syrian newborns.

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Men hold up a baby saved from under rubble, who survived what activists say was an airstrike by forces loyal to Syrian President Bashar al-Assad in the Duma neighbourhood of Damascus January 7, 2014.



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