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Syria's swimming sisters find new home in German waters

Syria's swimming sisters find new home in German waters

 Sarah and Ysra Mardini pull bathing caps over their long, black hair and slide into the water, disappearing among the throng of swimmers with powerful, practiced strokes. Two months ago the sisters were swimming for their lives, after jumping off an inflatable boat that began taking on...

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How the last Jews of Aleppo escaped

How the last Jews of Aleppo escaped

(The Jewish Chronicle)- They came for the last Jews of Aleppo early in the morning. The first that the 88-year-old mother knew of them were the powerful knocks on the front door, a sound that sent her and the rest of the Halabi family cowering in the darkest corners of their...

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Syrian war-wounded turns a leading example as he conquers disability

Syrian war-wounded turns a leading example as he conquers disability

(Writing by Mohamed al Sharif; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Obada al Asemi,  a 20-year-old young man from Dael in Daraa, was targeted by a sniper where his back was injured. Because of lack of medical services in Daraa, he was transferred via mountainous route to Jordan, which worsened his...

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Venus arrested over father defection, despite release more strings attached

Venus arrested over father defection, despite release more strings attached

(By Lama Shammas; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Istanbul/Zaman Al Wasl- In mid-September 2012, Venus, the 17-year old girl, was arrested by the Political Security Branch after her neighbor report to the branch about her activities and her defected father. Her father defected from the Syrian...

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Poverty prevents Syrians of making “Moneh

Poverty prevents Syrians of making “Moneh", their best tradition

Translation by Yusra Ahmed) (Eqtsad) Rural Homs-  “Moneh”, the stored food Syrian families used to make, has been for centuries very essential on meals especially in Winter, and they are stored in special room in houses away from heat and sun Almost 90% of the Syrian families,...

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Mother says her raped imprisoned daughter is dead to not be killed by family

Mother says her raped imprisoned daughter is dead to not be killed by family

(Writing by Lama Shammas; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Amal, the 23-year-old Syrian girl was hesitant to talk about her traumatizing experience during detention in Syrian regime’s prisons. Amal joined the revolution since the beginning, despite she is from Hama, the Syrian city known of...

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Many Uruguayans fed up with complaints from Syrian refugees

Many Uruguayans fed up with complaints from Syrian refugees

When Uruguay announced last year that it would be taking in five families fleeing Syria's devastating civil war, residents of this small town pulled together and lobbied to host one. Then in November, locals welcomed a newly arrived Merhi Alshebli, his wife and their 15...

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No place left to die on Greece's Lesbos for refugees lost at sea

No place left to die on Greece's Lesbos for refugees lost at sea

He stood on the mud, crows cawing overhead, pointing at unmarked graves. "Here's a mother with her baby. And here's another young woman. Over there, that's a 60-year-old man." Buried beneath low mounds of earth, facing Mecca, lay Afghan, Iraqi and Syrian refugees who drowned...

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Humble words of Homsi old woman summarise Syrians’ stand

Humble words of Homsi old woman summarise Syrians’ stand

(Writing by Faris Al Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) An old lady from Zafarana village in Homs’s countryside, expressed her opinion in what has been happening in Syria. In a video surfaced on the internet by activists an old woman appeared while she was grinding on the mill stone and...

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Refugee schools in Lebanon have no funds or support: activists

Refugee schools in Lebanon have no funds or support: activists

(Abdul Hafidh al-Houlani; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) The first day of school for Syrian children is not like others of different countries, as it is full of deprivation, neglect and suffering.  Abo Alaa from Qalamoon, a father of 5 students stood in front of Arena library reading...

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Syrian migrants refresh life vests trade in Turkey

Syrian migrants refresh life vests trade in Turkey

(By Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed Syrian people trying to cross the sea to Europe have started taking cautions to protect them during their deadly trip in sea to from Turkey to Europe.  In Aksaray area in Istanbul, Zaman al-Wasl met Mustafa, a young man from...

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Syrians migration journey has a taste of hell: migrant

Syrians migration journey has a taste of hell: migrant

 (Reporting by Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) “We were packed like sardines in a van, but our good luck saved us from imminent death when a police trap stopped the van",a Palestinian refugee from Yarmouk camp described his adventure in the way between Greece and Serbia. The...

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Syrian refugees: graves cost a 'fortune' in Arsal

Syrian refugees: graves cost a 'fortune' in Arsal

(Reporting by Abdul Hadidh al-Houlani; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Syrian refugees in Lebanese border town of Arsal have nothing left more than memories of their life in Syria. They can not treat their guests with a cup of coffee, or give their dead a dignified burial and funeral, Izz...

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Istanbul's Osmanbey Market affords good income for Syrian refugees

Istanbul's Osmanbey Market affords good income for Syrian refugees

(By Lama Shammas; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) ISTANBUL (Zaman Al Wasl)- Osmanbey's Market is considered the largest and most important commercial centre in Istanbul, where shops of wholesale and retail gather in an area famous of trading clothes, finest fabrics and Turkish threads. The market...

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Popular fears aside, businesses often eager for migrant workers

Popular fears aside, businesses often eager for migrant workers

Raghad al Sous braved bombings in Syria to keep studying at school before fleeing in 2013 to rejoin her mother, who had been granted refugee status in Britain. She is now about to start studying at university with the hope of becoming a hospital pharmacist. "I had to walk to...

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Forensic services in rebel-held Aleppo improve despite aid shortage

Forensic services in rebel-held Aleppo improve despite aid shortage

(Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Forensic Medicine centre in Aleppo provides many services in the liberated areas in the city of Aleppo especially for the investigations and criminal services, as many military and judicial bodies rely on them to determine the cause of death before issuing the...

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Rama, cancer patient, finds no treatment in war country

Rama, cancer patient, finds no treatment in war country

(Reporting by Faris al-Rifai; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Rama al-Hamwi, a 30- year-old lady from Hama, a university graduated from Economy college in Aleppo, live difficult life as she suffers of cancer besides the war circumstances which limit her chances to receive treatment. ...

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The only surgical centre in Yarmouk Camp has no support, aid

The only surgical centre in Yarmouk Camp has no support, aid

(Reporting by Soufyan Jbawi; Translation by Yusra Ahmed) Riyadh Idris, the Director of the Surgical Medical rescuing center in Yarmouk Camp for Palestinian Refugees called the medical bodies and agencies to look to Yarmouk’s status after disconnecting all methods of support , he warned of...

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