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Kids In Syria Are Swimming In Pools Made By Bomb Craters Because They Have No Escape

How's your summer going?

Posted on July 14, 2014, at 4:36 p.m. ET

Heat got you down? Pool fees too high? Well this is what kids in Aleppo, Syria have for a summer escape: A crater made by one of President Bashar al-Assad's deadly barrel bombs filled with dirty water and dangerous debris.

Hosam Katan / Reuters

This photo is from Aleppo's al-Shaar district on July 10.

"In the past we used to swim in pools downtown. Now Assad bombards us with explosive barrels and their craters become pools. It's very hot and we can't sleep during the day or at night," this young swimmer told AFP.

"We are living without water and electricity," another child told AFP. "The water supply has not been stable for week. Children come here to swim in the waters of the crater, which are dirty."

Hosam Katan / Reuters

More than 170,000 Syrians have died in the three year-long Syrian conflict, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights. In the northern city of Aleppo, Assad has been bombarding rebel held areas with deadly barrel bombs, destroying the city and its civilian population.

Pretty lucky, indeed.

If you're a kid in #Aleppo, you're lucky to live near a barrel bomb crater/pool. #Syria

Lina Sergie Attar@AmalHanano

If you're a kid in #Aleppo, you're lucky to live near a barrel bomb crater/pool. #Syria

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A BuzzFeed News investigation, in partnership with the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists, based on thousands of documents the government didn't want you to see.