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Clay houses return as alternative to tents for Syria's displaced

Clay houses return as alternative to tents for Syria's displaced

(Eqtsad)- After an absence of more than 50 years, stone and clay dwellings and houses have remerged in conjunction with the regime forces destroying many buildings and houses in Daraa province.  “Mud and stone houses emerged in the past two years in several places in Daraa...

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Children of Eastern Ghouta dream of school

Children of Eastern Ghouta dream of school

Children of Syria’s Eastern Ghouta, a suburb of Damascus that has been under a crippling regime siege since 2012, are dreaming of the day when they can play with their toys and go back to real schools. Living under daily bombardment by regime forces and deprived of the basic needs of...

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How White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine

How White Helmets became victims of an online propaganda machine

The Syrian volunteer rescue workers known as the White Helmets have become the target of an extraordinary disinformation campaign that positions them as an al-Qaida-linked terrorist organisation. The Guardian has uncovered how this counter-narrative is propagated online by a network of...

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Syrian sisters become voice of E. Ghouta on Twitter

Syrian sisters become voice of E. Ghouta on Twitter

Alaa and Noor, two young sisters from Syria’s besieged Eastern Ghouta district, are informing the world of their difficult circumstances through their joint Twitter account. Eight-year-old Alaa and ten-year-old Noor voice the pains and hopes of Eastern Ghouta’s children in tweets...

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Eastern Ghouta: chronic diseases increase suffering of besieged people

Eastern Ghouta: chronic diseases increase suffering of besieged people

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Hamouda, 5-year-old child boy, is not aware that the United Nations has a law called the Child Protection Act which concerns him and his rights as a child. Hamouda, who has haemophilia, lives his childhood different to other children elsewhere. He is one among many of...

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Names Written In Blood And Rust: Documenting Syria's Disappeared

Names Written In Blood And Rust: Documenting Syria's Disappeared

Mansour Omari had been held nearly a year in an underground Syrian prison, tortured and starved, when his name was called by the guards. He was going to be released. The other prisoners hugged him and wept. In the dark, they whispered, "Don't forget us." Omari would not forget. When he...

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Why So Many Children Have Been Killed In Syria

Why So Many Children Have Been Killed In Syria

Researchers have strong evidence that bombs in Syria were targeting civilians, including women and children. In the past seven years, barrel bombs have killed civilians almost exclusively, scientists in Belgium report Wednesday. Civilians comprised 97 percent of the deaths from...

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How Syria’s First Oscar Contender Eluded the Government

How Syria’s First Oscar Contender Eluded the Government

In “Little Gandhi,” a new documentary about the uprising in Syria that began in 2011, two activists are trying to give an interview in Daraya, a suburb of Damascus. With the camera rolling, they pause. There is too much gunfire in the background. “The sniper is about 200 meters away from...

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Basel Alrashdan, Syrian boy shared war experience at United Nations

Basel Alrashdan, Syrian boy shared war experience at United Nations

(Zaman Al Wasl)-  Twelve-year-old Basel Alrashdan, who arrived on P.E.I. in December 2015, was part of a crowd of children who rushed to the front of a conference room at the UN and announced the takeover. Alrashdan took part in a rap about children's wishes for the world, based on...

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Women join opposition police forces in Aleppo’s liberated areas

Women join opposition police forces in Aleppo’s liberated areas

Women wishing to join the opposition police in the areas liberated during Operation Euphrates Shield will be offered a second training course early December in the  city of al-Bab , Mahmoud Ahmed, a police officer at al-Bab police station, told Al-Monitor. The...

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Syria's besieged areas await winter with trepidation

Syria's besieged areas await winter with trepidation

In al-Houla, in Syria's northern Homs province, many residents are waiting for the cold winter months with trepidation. Living in one of the government- besieged areas  in the country, Syrians say that there is a lack of diesel and most of the trees have been used for firewood....

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Opposition media activists face uncertain future

Opposition media activists face uncertain future

Media activists opposed to the Syrian government have documented much of the worst of the war in Syria. However, as President Bashar al-Assad regains control of opposition-held territory, these civilian journalists fear they will have no place in Syria’s future. “It’s not like I...

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Salvaging bodies: A doctor's everyday reality in Syria

Salvaging bodies: A doctor's everyday reality in Syria

Trauma surgeon Shazeer Majeed has worked for Doctors Without Borders (MSF) in Yemen, South Sudan and Iraq. He is now working in northern Syria, a region gripped by instability, and shares his day-to-day reality of trying to keep victims of war alive. "We usually think of the...

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Syria girl struggles with illness in besieged E. Ghouta

Syria girl struggles with illness in besieged E. Ghouta

An ongoing regime siege on the Eastern Ghouta region of Syrian capital Damascus has pushed the local population to the verge of famine, including eight-year-old Rahaf Havva, who weighs only 10 kilograms. A main opposition stronghold on the outskirts of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has...

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This parrot can recite Quran and people are amazed

This parrot can recite Quran and people are amazed

Jordanian Hussein al- Sawalme is a technician in a dental laboratory. He loves birds and has kept a number of them over the years. One of them is a parrot whom he trained six years ago to recite verses from the Quran. The parrot has been called the "miracle parrot" and turned...

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‘Rain of Homs’: propaganda movie polishes Assad regime

‘Rain of Homs’: propaganda movie polishes Assad regime

  (Zaman al-Wasl)- Syiran film maker Jude Saeed did not have to exert a great effort to add a realistic touch to the set locations for the film Rain of Homs as all the buildings and homes abandoned by the city’s people are destroyed and rubble fills the streets and alleys that until...

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Kurds defeated, displaced and divided after Iraq reclaims oil-rich Kirkuk

Kurds defeated, displaced and divided after Iraq reclaims oil-rich Kirkuk

When the guns fell silent on the Kirkuk-Erbil road, just after noon on Friday, a fresh border had been scythed through the oil-rich soil – and a new line of influence carved across northern Iraq. Their gun barrels still hot, vanquished peshmerga forces began another withdrawal a few...

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Kurdish fight for women's rights faces challenges in Syria

Kurdish fight for women's rights faces challenges in Syria

( Middle Eats Eye )- The battle to take Raqqa, the Syrian capital of the Islamic state (IS) group, is almost over. But one of the main challenges that the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF) face after IS is not only the huge destruction but also how to expand their model of women's...

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