Heba and Amineh are not of the type to stand idly by. During the siege of Moadamiya, the schools were destroyed by artillery fire, and the children were left with nothing more to do than play war on rubble-filled streets. The cousins established an underground school for the children—a place to escape the harsh reality outside. After months of the Assad regime blockading the city, the two young women escaped to tell their firsthand account of atrocities to try and make a difference to those left behind.
Accompanying Amineh and Heba is Anas al-Dabas from Daraya, who is a witness to a massacre that took a toll of at least 540 lives—a total that is still climbing as more bodies are found in mass graves. Civilian men, women and children were shot execution-style at point-blank range by militiamen loyal to dictator Bashar al-Assad. Atrocities such as these are a major factor in the high civilian death toll in Syria, and continue today.
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