2016 Photo Contest, Spot News, 1st prize

Aftermath of Airstrikes in Syria


Sameer Al-Doumy

30 October, 2015

Smoke billows from a building in Douma.

The city of Douma in Syria lies in opposition-held Eastern Ghouta, an agricultural area on the outskirts of the capital Damascus. Douma and other small towns in Eastern Ghouta came under heavy shelling and bombardment. Responsibility for the attacks was difficult to verify.

The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs says that parts of the region had been under continuous siege by government forces since 2013, resulting in severe shortages of food and medical supplies. People fleeing the attacks, and the deprivation caused by the siege, joined the millions of internally displaced people within Syria and the 4.6 million registered refugees abroad.

About the photographer

Sameer Al-Doumy

He uses an alias for security reasons. Before the beginning of the war, he was a middle school student focused on his studies and his dream of becoming a doctor. He was in 8th gr...

Technical information

Shutter Speed
Focal length
24.0 mm
Canon EOS 5D Mark III

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