(UNICEF) – For some, the prospect of spending time underground in a dark, airless basement sounds dismal. But for children living under siege in the Syrian Arab Republic, basements offer shelter from the cold, a place to sleep, and a safe haven from violence. Basements across besieged areas have also been transformed into underground schools. In East Ghouta, 200 children who had previously dropped out of school fearing attacks, displacement or injury are now attending a ‘basement school’.