Searching for #survivors in #easternghouta#syria amongst the constant #bombings
This month, in eastern Ghouta, another encounter with death was added to the list: a mother’s corpse dug from under the rubble by her own son, a White Helmet volunteer.
Ghouta has endured a #barbaric#siege for five years, cut off from #food and medicine, but nothing has prepared us for the past 48 hours. Dozens of barrel bombs – improvised weapons filled with explosives, shrapnel and anything that will rip through skin – have been dropped on homes. Hundreds of missiles have been fired. Eight hospitals have been struck. More than 250 people have been killed and the death toll is rising by the hour. Thousands have been injured. All of this in an area of a little over 40 square miles.
Families in eastern Ghouta have been #hiding in #basements for weeks at a time, too scared to go above ground, but even these makeshift shelters are being shattered by relentless bombardment.
White Helmet rescuers in Ghouta are facing hell: they’ve left their families, often without the basic necessities, to rescue others. Some have returned to find their families had been forced to flee. White Helmet teams were targeted while on a rescue mission, and a volunteer was killed. This is not a war: this is a massacre.