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Living with snipers: Photographs show bleak details of daily life in Homs

 Most images coming out of Homs these days show relentless shelling, sniper fire, horrible wounds, and corpses. However, one resident braved the snipers to take photographs showing daily life in Homs – a daily life that’s far from normal.

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A man runs away from sniper fire in Homs. Photo by our Observer, Mulham Al-Jundi.

 

Most images coming out of Homs these days show relentless shelling, sniper fire, horrible wounds, and corpses. However, one resident braved the snipers to take photographs showing daily life in Homs – a daily life that’s far from normal.

 

Mulham Al-Jundi took these pictures in the eastern Homs neighbourhoods of Bab Sbaa, Khalidié, Bayada, and Karm Al-Zeitoun over the course of several days this week. These Sunni-majority neighbourhoods are not in quite as desperate a situation as Baba Amr further to the south, which is completely cut off by the army, but they are nevertheless full of snipers and subject to frequent shellfire. Its residents lack many basic necessities, not the least of which is medical care.

 

We reached Al-Jundi on Skype, as he was recovering from being shot in the leg by a sniper.

 

“Snipers have tried to shoot me so many times,” he says. “Today, they got their goal.” He was treated in a poorly-equipped field hospital, much like the one he photographed earlier in the week.

 

Before he had to go back to resting, he expressed anger that kids were out in the streets, selling cigarettes and gasoline to get by. “They should be in school!” Schools, of course, are closed for the time being.

 

A boy sells small amounts of gasoline in the neighbourhood of Karm Al-Zeitoun. Gasoline is a scarce commodity in Homs. (All photos by our Observer, Mulham Al-Jundi.)

 

 

Residents build bonfires to keep warm.

 

Food is also scarce. Residents say they lack fruits and vegetables.

 

Children who used to go to school sell cigarettes to help their families get by. 

 

Our Observer says egg prices have more than doubled since the start of the crackdown on Homs.

 

This makeshift field hospital only has a few beds and scarce supplies.

 

A child holds what our Observer says is a piece of a bomb fired by the army.

 

Business goes on in the neighbourhood of Karm Al-Zeitoun.

 

Trash has piled up in the streets since the start of the crackdown.

 

 

Inside an abandoned mosque.

 

An telephone pole sways dangerously. Many areas of Homs no longer have any electricity.

 

Our Observer says these homes were damaged by the army's shelling.

 

Our Observer takes a self-portrait: "A sniper is right behind me!"

 

A building riddled with bullet holes.

 

Our Observer says this debris is the result of a visit by the army's tanks two weeks ago.

 

A child pretends to be a soldier - or perhaps a rebel fighter - with a wooden machinegun.