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. Other 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.
One of the Khabieh’s photos is on the cover of today’s New York Times:
This perspective informs the helplessness of civilians facing the wrath of Assad’s warplanes.
Basically, they can be buried at any moment.
No one is more defenseless than Syrian newborns.
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