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Eastern Ghouta students: It’s suicide if we leave our basements

Three students explain what life is like in rebel-held besieged enclave, as they try to keep up with their studies.

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A man walks on a damaged street in the besieged town of Douma, Eastern Ghouta, Damascus, Syria February 25, 2018 [Bassam Khabieh/Reuters]

It has been nearly five years since Syrian government forces imposed a siege on the rebel-held Eastern Ghouta.

The past month has been one of the deadliest in the enclave, with more 1,200 civilians killed since the aerial and ground bombardment began on February 18.

As the campaign against Eastern Ghouta continues, schools and universities have either been destroyed or shut down, leaving students with few options for continuing their education.

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