Children from ages two to 14 sleep, eat and study in subterranean refuge while the bombing continues overhead
Two floors underground, Aleppos luckier orphans sleep as safely as everyone can in a city at war, though they are jolted awake regularly by bombs rending apart the streets above them.
Watching over them are Asmar Halabi and his wife, who knows in intimate, painful detail the damage explosives can do, because she still carries injuries picked up in an airstrike on a school two years ago.
The suffering of the Syrian city children, who have lived through years of bombing, was thrust back into the headlines this week by a photograph of five-year-old Omran Daqneesh, bereft and bloodied in the back of an ambulance.
His mothers were also pulled alive from the rubble of their home, and the family have since been reunited. But as Russian airstrikes and government barrel bombs tear apart rebel-held east Aleppo street by street, many children endure even greater shock and loss.
Halabis 50 charges at the Moumayazoun( Outstanding Guys) orphanage are some of the most vulnerable someones left in the city. The orphanage moved below ground when relentless bombardment became too much for normal life to continue, and it now provides a subterranean haven.
The children range in age from two to 14. Their parents have been killed or become completely fucked up, or have been snatched away in some other cruel manner by a conflict now moving towards its sixth year.
They have adjusted in an exceptional way to this terrible life, Halabi said. For instance, they used to feel scared when they heard the audio of planes, but nowadays they want to go out the building and stare at the sky to considered the airplanes or helicopter when they listen to them overhead.
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