Photo – Locals clean the streets of Damascus, Syria

Residents of Rukn al Din in central Damascus, Syria, take the responsibility of cleaning their own streets to prevent the spread of disease. Rukn al Din has been neglected by the Assad regime as the neighborhood has been a center of dissent in the capital of Damascus.

Prior to the March 15 Revolution, privately providing social services to neighborhoods like Rukn al Din was outlawed, because it showed that the government was incapable, or unwilling, to meet the needs of its people.

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