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A Picture and its Story

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Begging for help in Damascus
Reuters Photographer Bassam Khabieh: "Shahrour, 54, developed diabetes at the beginning of the war in Syria. When the siege of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, began, his medical condition worsened and his right foot was amputated. He can no longer work. He and some of his extended family, a total of 18 people, live in the same house. One son, 24, has chronic asthma and also cannot work. His children include two daughters. 'When my pregnant daughter went to hospital in Douma, she needed a drug which was not available in the hospital. (...) I did not have the money to buy the prescription...' He broke down in tears. Medication for father and son costs about $15 a month. The family cannot always raise that as the income of those in work varies each day. 'We couldn't buy firewood' in winter, he said. 'My children would collect some during the day which would burn in one hour on a long cold winter's night. When the weather got too cold, we burnt the old cotton pillows.' Shahrour thinks he and his family should flee their town, and also leave Syria. He knows the situation is no better outside, he said. Nor can he afford to shoulder the financial burdens he may face outside Syria. He and his family have no option but to stay, hoping for a breakthrough."
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February 11, 2016
A girl asks a passerby for help to pay a medical bill as her father sits in his wheelchair in the Douma...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
A girl asks a passerby for help to pay a medical bill as her father sits in his wheelchair in the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus Syria February 3, 2016. Reuters Photographer Bassam Khabieh: "Shahrour, 54, developed diabetes at the beginning of the war in Syria. When the siege of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, began, his medical condition worsened and his right foot was amputated." REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Hadeel, 10, pushes her father Shahrour in his wheelchair through the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Hadeel, 10, pushes her father Shahrour in his wheelchair through the Douma neighbourhood of Damascus Syria in this February 3, 2016 file photo. "He can no longer work. He and some of his extended family, a total of 18 people, live in the same house. One son, 24, has chronic asthma and also cannot work. His children include two daughters. 'When my pregnant daughter went to hospital in the city of Douma, she needed a drug which was not available in the hospital. (...) I did not have the money to buy the prescription...' He broke down in tears." REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh/Files
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February 11, 2016
Hadeel, 10, daughter of Shahrour, walks with a coffee tray at her home in the besieged town of Arbeen,...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Hadeel, 10, daughter of Shahrour, walks with a coffee tray at her home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. "Medication for father and son costs about $15 a month. The family cannot always raise that as the income of those in work varies each day. 'We couldn't buy firewood' in winter, he said. 'My children would collect some during the day which would burn in one hour on a long cold winter's night. When the weather got too cold, we burnt the old cotton pillows.' REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Shahrour, 54, washes his hands at his home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Shahrour, 54, washes his hands at his home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. Shahrour thinks he and his family should flee their town, and also leave Syria. He knows the situation is no better outside, he said. Nor can he afford to shoulder the financial burdens he may face outside Syria. He and his family have no option but to stay, hoping for a breakthrough." REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA
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February 11, 2016
Atef, 2, Shahrour's grandchild, stands in the courtyard of his grandfather's home in the besieged town...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Atef, 2, Shahrour's grandchild, stands in the courtyard of his grandfather's home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Shahrour, 54, poses for a photograph at his home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs,...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Shahrour, 54, poses for a photograph at his home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Hadeel, 10, the daughter of Shahrour, does her homework at her home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Hadeel, 10, the daughter of Shahrour, does her homework at her home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Shahrour, 54, looks at his daughter Hadeel's notebook inside their home in the besieged town of Arbeen,...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Shahrour, 54, looks at his daughter Hadeel's notebook inside their home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Shahrour, 54, looks at his daughter Hadeel, 10, inside their home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Shahrour, 54, looks at his daughter Hadeel, 10, inside their home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Shahrour, 54, prepares firewood for heating inside his home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Shahrour, 54, prepares firewood for heating inside his home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Cotton, used for heating, is pictured inside Shahrour's home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Cotton, used for heating, is pictured inside Shahrour's home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Shahrour's wheelchair is seen inside his home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus suburbs, Syria...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Shahrour's wheelchair is seen inside his home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Hadeel, 10, the daughter of Shahrour, looks out of a window at home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Hadeel, 10, the daughter of Shahrour, looks out of a window at home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Shahrour, 54, whose leg was amputated due to complications from diabetes, attempts to sit on his wheelchair...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Shahrour, 54, whose leg was amputated due to complications from diabetes, attempts to sit on his wheelchair at his home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Shahrour, 54, whose leg was amputated due to complications from diabetes, sits in his home in the besieged...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Shahrour, 54, whose leg was amputated due to complications from diabetes, sits in his home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
MIDEAST-CRISIS/SYRIA
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February 11, 2016
A bronchodilator is placed atop of a prescription treatment paper that belongs to Shahrour's son who...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
A bronchodilator is placed atop of a prescription treatment paper that belongs to Shahrour's son who is suffering from asthma, inside their home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Khouloud, Shahrour's 6-month-old granddaughter, is seen crying in the courtyard of her grandfather's...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Khouloud, Shahrour's 6-month-old granddaughter, is seen crying in the courtyard of her grandfather's home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in the Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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February 11, 2016
Cups of coffee stand inside Shahrour's home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus suburbs, Syria...
Damascus, Syria
A Picture and its Story: Begging for help in Damascus
Cups of coffee stand inside Shahrour's home in the besieged town of Arbeen, in Damascus suburbs, Syria February 6, 2016. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
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