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I am a civilian in Raqqa. Surviving the siege is becoming harder every day

I am a civilian in Raqqa. Surviving the siege is becoming harder every day

( The Guardian )- Islamic State closed the doors of Raqqa, its de facto capital in Syria, to civilians and blocked their escape from the city more than a year ago. Then some of their fighters began taking money from civilians in return for allowing them to leave – up to $800 per person. Many...

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Arms Trade In Idlib, The Black Hole

Arms Trade In Idlib, The Black Hole

By Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- Since the liberation of the city of Idlib the regime, arms stores started to spread selling all types of weapons and military equipment. Stores sell ordinary barrages, machine guns, bombs and even to individual weapons allocated for assassinations with...

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Traditional money saving methods bankrupt some and enrich others

Traditional money saving methods bankrupt some and enrich others

(Eqtsad)- Few Syrians may have started depositing their money in banks prior to and after the revolution, but in liberated areas, there are no commercial banks or banks at all, so how are people saving their money? A few years before the revolution, Muayyad opened a carpet shop in...

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Syrian feminists: ‘This is the chance the war gave us – to empower women’

Syrian feminists: ‘This is the chance the war gave us – to empower women’

( The Guardian )- In the early, heady days of the Syrian revolution, opponents of Bashar al-Assad’s regime and advocates for human rights saw an opportunity. “Women were extremely active and present,” says writer and journalist Samar Yazbek. But as the war escalated, some of this hope was...

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Uprooted entrepreneurs form 'Little Damascus' in northwest Syria

Uprooted entrepreneurs form 'Little Damascus' in northwest Syria

On a bustling street in northwest Syria, young restaurateur Abdulrahim Abulezz serves up juicy chicken wraps crafted according to a traditional recipe from his hometown Daraya, which he left last year. His restaurant Sultan Daraya sits in a row of shops and eateries run by Syrians who quit...

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Collective wedding for 62 displaced young man from Daraya

Collective wedding for 62 displaced young man from Daraya

(Zaman al-Wasl)- After sharing the difficulties of the siege and its and joining forces on the fronts of fighting nearly three years since the start of the military campaign on Darya, they shared the joy at a wedding party Wednesday evening in Maret Misreen in rural Idlib sposnsored by...

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What it means to be a cleaner in Eastern Ghouta

What it means to be a cleaner in Eastern Ghouta

( Eqtsad )- Abu Hassan, a janitor in the city of Douma northeast of the capital, was unable to escape the job opportunity he had found in the local council's municipal services office a year ago.  “Due to the blockade enforced by regime on Douma and the difficult economic...

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Syrian engineer devotes herself to help wounded of Eastern Ghouta

Syrian engineer devotes herself to help wounded of Eastern Ghouta

(Zambian Al Wasl)- Razan Khaebbiya, aSyrian engineer,  has devoted herself to help the children of the Eastern Ghouta suburbs near the capital, especially those with special needs who got injured in the war.  A year ago, Khaebbiya set up a project called the...

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Belgium: refugee establishes mart for Syrian goods

Belgium: refugee establishes mart for Syrian goods

Reporting by Faris Rifai (Eqtsad)- Rachid al-Saied, a Syrian pharmacist, lost along with two of his brothers, two large hospitals in eastern Deir Ez Zor province after the regime forces destroyed them after the start of the revolution. He owned the largest share in the hospital, but...

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‘I miss happiness’: A Syrian’s journey from mayor in Aleppo to obscurity in Saint John

‘I miss happiness’: A Syrian’s journey from mayor in Aleppo to obscurity in Saint John

( The Globe and Mail )- At 2 a.m. in the midst of Ramadan in 2012, Mohamed Sharbaji got a call from a neighbour of his Aleppo home: “There are men with guns in your house.” In the moment before that conversation, Mr. Sharbaji was a man of influence. A former business owner and land...

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Daraa’s dams may turn a threat to residents

Daraa’s dams may turn a threat to residents

(Eqtsad) The harsh weather conditions, the consecutive years of drought and the repeated attacks on water resources in Daraa Governorate have led to the drying up of some dams and water sources. The loss of these water resources have contributed to the decline in agricultural areas and...

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Animals, Abandoned and Starving, Are Evacuated From Zoo in Syria

Animals, Abandoned and Starving, Are Evacuated From Zoo in Syria

(The New York Times)- Nine animals that had been kept alive — barely — at a damaged zoo on the outskirts of Aleppo, Syria, were evacuated and taken to a rehabilitation center in Turkey last week. The animals — three lions, two tigers, two bears and two hyenas — were trucked from...

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Eastern Ghouta: rapid education program to counter school dropouts

Eastern Ghouta: rapid education program to counter school dropouts

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Directorate of Education of the opposiiton Interim Government in Damascus suburbs is trying to find effective solutions to the negative effects of school-aged children dropouts which has spread widely throughout the Eastern Ghouta. The director of education in the...

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Housing crisis hits Daraya’s displaced in Idlib

Housing crisis hits Daraya’s displaced in Idlib

(Eqtsad)- After the border crossings with Turkey opened to visitors, loved ones met after long absences and many families were reunited. The opening of the border crossings coincided with the decision to reduce the escalation of tension, and the general calm witnessed in northern Syria in the...

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‘Syrian Billy Elliot’ dances his way to a new life

‘Syrian Billy Elliot’ dances his way to a new life

From Palmyra to Paris, Ahmad Joudeh, the Syrian Billy Elliot, is set on showing the real image of his country and erasing the horrors of Daesh (ISIS). The vocalist Sanga, Joudeh’s friend and admirer, invited the dancer to Paris for a special one-off performance, accompanied by a song written...

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In N.Y., Syrians bring home war’s cost

In N.Y., Syrians bring home war’s cost

Six Syrian actors battled a fraught U.S. visa process to tread the boards in New York this week, seeking to impress upon American theatergoers the human cost of a war raging halfway round the world. Nothing could be further from the typical summer entertainment in this city of flamboyant wealth...

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How Have Syrian Youths Benefited From The Possibility of Earning an Income Online

How Have Syrian Youths Benefited From The Possibility of Earning an Income Online

(Eqtsad) Working and earning a living online is still relatively weaker in the Arab world compared to the West, but with the emergence of an Arab generation that is technologically savvy, many have become more experienced and willing to experiment with online initiatives. Young Syrian are among...

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Eastern Ghouta: relief workers serve 30,000 families

Eastern Ghouta: relief workers serve 30,000 families

(Eqtsad)- The moment she saw her name on the district representative’s list of families set to receive a food basket, her eyes light up with joy as if she had won a kilogram of gold. Um Hassan, from al-Ghouta who is taking care of her three orphaned grandchildren, is one such woman who was...

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