Experiencing a new kind of life!

Due to the intensive bombing that was targeting everything, especially buildings on the ground. People of Ghouta shouldered the responsibility of devising new methods to protect themselves in cases of bombardments.

As a safety step, they started to move their life completely to the underground. Firstly, they dug shelters under their houses looking for protection when the shelling intensifying.

Secondly, when the Syrian regime began targeting children's playground which caused the death of many children. This had the effect that, people began to build an underground playground, as a safe space for children to play and experience some of the normal life activities as children.

Even the dead were no safe from the bombing as well as the cemetery workers. As a result of the brutal acts by the Syrian regime, many cemeteries workers have been killed either in Sniper shots or missiles while they were doing their job. A further consequence of this was a layered cemetery was built in order to provide a safer space for workers and to make space for the burial of the increasing number of casualties, due to the air strikes by the Syrian regime.

The local administration and civil society that founded in the liberated areas have also forced to move into the underground for security reasons as well as all the facilities and health care centers.

People of Ghouta forced to deal with such a tough situation to keep going, in light of the non-stop shelling by the Syrian regime. They tried to do their best to devise as much alternatives as they can in order to survive. 


Syrian children play in an underground playground built to protect them from shelling.

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A picture shows people cast their votes in an underground basement during the election of the local council.


Syrian men gather to bury the bodies of a family in a layered underground cemetery.


A Syrian boy climbs into Abu Omar's shelter in the city of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of Damascus.