Abu Omar sits with his family inside their shelter in the rebel-held town of Douma.
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DOUMA, Syria: Where you sleep.The rhythm of bombardment dictates life in the besieged Syrian town of Douma, much of it spent underground. The rebel-held town, the largest in the eastern Ghouta suburb of Damascus with more than 100,000 residents, is surrounded and heavily shelled daily by Syrian regime forces.Some essential elements of daily life in Douma have completely shifted to below the surface – with basements turned into schools and playgrounds, and even subterranean bakeries and makeshift clinics.Morning bombardment prevents farmers with land on Douma's outskirts from harvesting their fields, so vegetable sellers in turn have no produce to display in their stalls and families have nothing to cook.In June, aid agencies reached Douma for the first time in three years, bringing in desperately needed food and medical aid.
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