The woman documenting the 'Humans of Damascus'

Rania Kataf, a 31-year-old Damascus resident, started the "Humans of Damascus" Facebook page a couple of months ago.

Story highlights

  • Inspired by "Humans of New York," photographer Rania Kataf set up "Humans of Damascus"
  • The series showcases a city mostly removed from the violence ravaging other parts of Syria

(CNN)In Syria, a war is flattening eastern Aleppo. There are destroyed minarets, a burnt down 14th century souq, a number of perished neighborhoods and thousands of casualties.

In Syria, there are also bustling alleyways in the old neighborhoods of Damascus, a musician playing the oud on the pavement and, nearby, an artisan ornamenting a carved wooden table with ivory. It's this side of the country that 31-year-old Damascus resident Rania Kataf wants to show to the world.
She strolls with her camera in the streets of the Syrian capital, trying to document every inch of her city and the faces of the people who give it so much character.
    Maamoun Hussein Al Masri, photographed by Humans of Damascus, owns a small shop near the famous Al Nofara Cafe and sells wooden ouds.