Since February 18, the Syrian regime has intensified its bombing of Douma and other cities in Eastern Ghouta, one of the last rebel-controlled areas of the country. More than 580 people have been killed and more than 1,000 have been injured so far, according to the United Nations.
The images coming out of the region have been heartbreaking. Among the dead are many civilians, including young children.
“I get close to them, see them crying, I wish to God they weren’t hurt so much,” said Badra, who tries to help wherever he can. “They are so frightened all the time. I take pictures of them after the doctor sees them and starts treating them.”
UN officials have accused the Russian-backed regime with carrying out indiscriminate bombing in Eastern Ghouta. The regime maintains that it is targeting terrorists.
There are nearly 400,000 people living in the region, which is just outside the capital of Damascus. Many have tried to find safety in makeshift shelters underground, but Badra isn’t sure there’s a way to guarantee anyone’s safety. He said most of the injured people he documented thought they were safe inside their houses.
“These bombings have no mercy,” Badra said. “I ask myself, are we all living on (the) front lines? Maybe in a war zone, airstrikes see everything as a front line and as a target.”