Braving government shelling and mounds of rubble, Um Diab moves between underground shelters, where thousands of Syrians live to escape the constant bombardment in Eastern Ghouta.
Um Diab embodies one of the many roles that women have embraced during the war in Syria. As she walks through the shelters, she helps the wounded and the sick.
As women around the world observe International Women’s Day, Eastern Ghouta’s women are marking the day trapped underground, as they have been for the past 18 days.
Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of the Syrian capital, Damascus, has been under control of the armed opposition since 2013.
Home to about 400,000 Syrians, it is one of the last remaining strongholds of rebels still aiming to topple President Bashar al-Assad.
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