Families hiding in basements from escalating violence
Eastern Ghouta, Syria
Harasta, East Ghouta, Syria
Malak, 5, and Ghadir, 6, live with their families in the basement of a building in Harasta for the past 24 days after violent attacks escalated in the area. Ghadir and Malak spend most of their day in the basement. Schools in East Ghouta were closed because of the attacks.
Nearly 400,000 people remain trapped in the area which has been under siege since mid-2013. Half of them are estimated to be children.