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Syrians in Iraqi Kurdistan break refugee stereotypes

Syrians in Iraqi Kurdistan break refugee stereotypes

Reporting by Faris Rifai (Eqtsad)- The situation of Syrian refugees in Iraqi Kurdistan seems to be better than that of their peers in the neighboring countries of asylum, although they suffer from the material hardship that has been going on for years after the budget cut by...

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Return to Aleppo: The story of my home during the war

Return to Aleppo: The story of my home during the war

By Maryam Maruf and Kanishk Tharoor ( BBC )- When Syria's civil war came to the city of Aleppo in 2012, Zahed Tajeddin was cut off from his 450-year-old home. He worried about it, but it survived - and he later discovered how it served as a life-saving medical centre for people living under...

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Syria war yields cottage industry for anti-Isis spies

Syria war yields cottage industry for anti-Isis spies

( Financial Times )- By the time he reached Turkey after fleeing his hometown of Raqqa, the de facto capital of Isis in Syria, Hassan was destitute and desperate. And so, over his own misgivings, he helped a friend working with western intelligence to pinpoint the location of an Isis jail in...

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Syrian refugee rape survivor turns pain into power: 'I have to spread this message'

Syrian refugee rape survivor turns pain into power: 'I have to spread this message'

For about four years Sarah has gone around her community in the Bekaa Valley in eastern Lebanon speaking with fellow female Syrian refugees who have been victims of sexual violence, comforting them and telling them about local services. Her advice comes from the heart - having being raped...

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 'Al Lataminah is a stricken town': local council

'Al Lataminah is a stricken town': local council

By Faris Rifai (Zaman al-Wasl) The city of al-Lataminah has been at the forefront of events since the start of the Syrian revolution. The regime forces destroyed al-Lataminah city located on the right bank of the Assi River by bombarding it with various types of weapons. Most of the city’s...

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Syria war takes role in Ramadan television dramas

Syria war takes role in Ramadan television dramas

The sound of the blast in Syria’s capital Damascus brought worried residents running, but rather than carnage they found a crew filming one of the country’s famed television drama series. Moments before, director Rasha Sharbatgi had been wielding her loudhailer, calling for silence...

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Syrian refugees fear Assad 'sleeper cells' in Europe

Syrian refugees fear Assad 'sleeper cells' in Europe

By Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- Prosecuting former Free Syrian Army members or revolution supporters who fled to Europe has turned into nightmare for many. The EU courts have been following cases brought against them by unknown people who are believed to be the regime's sleeper cells. They...

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  Holiday in Greece stripped me of my German residency: Syrian refugee

Holiday in Greece stripped me of my German residency: Syrian refugee

By Faris Rifai; Translation Yusra Abu Hamed (Zaman Al Wasl)- Ahmed al-Halabi, a Syria refugee in Germany, his holiday in Greece has turned into nightmare after arresting him by Greek police and seizing all his documents and passport and deporting him to Turkey. A similar story happened to...

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Umm Yahya: Leader, Medic, and Female Fighter in Eastern Ghouta

Umm Yahya: Leader, Medic, and Female Fighter in Eastern Ghouta

By Faris Rifai (Zaman Al Wasl)- Umm Yahya, or 'The Mother of Rebels as many activists call her, had experience in nursing although she was mainly working as a mother taking care of her four children in the town of Tura in Jobar district, when the regime forces began shooting at peaceful...

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Irrigation in Idlib a chronic problem for farmers

Irrigation in Idlib a chronic problem for farmers

Reporting by Shams ed-Din Matoun (Eqtsad)- Idlib province is known for its agriculture; it is famous for rainfed crops that rely heavily on rainwater such as lentils, cumin, chickpeas, etc. but due to drought and lack of rainfall in recent years, irrigation has become a major problem...

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13-year-old child establishes library for Eastern Ghouta children

13-year-old child establishes library for Eastern Ghouta children

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Ro’aa al-Hariri, 13-year-old, a Syrian girl living in Turkey managed to establish a free cultural library in the East Ghouta. The initiative came after Ro’aa provided sent many books to refugee camps in Syria and elsewhere to enable Syrian children to develop their reading...

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Marriage Is an Elusive Dream for Many Syrians in Germany

Marriage Is an Elusive Dream for Many Syrians in Germany

By Shams el-Din Matoun (Eqtsad) For young Syrians in Germany finding a suitable life partner is a pressing challenge. At first glance, Syrian social customs and traditions appear to play a role in this challenge, and impacting on young people’s dreams even in countries of asylum. However,...

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Qamhana municipality demands families of regime deaths to pay 'cemetery' tax

Qamhana municipality demands families of regime deaths to pay 'cemetery' tax

 (Zaman Al Wasl)- The town of Qamhana in northwestern Hama province has entered a new stage of "honoring" regime killed fighters. This time the regime does not honor its salin fighters by giving his family a goat or a can of beans or even a clock, but the regime went far as to address its...

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Pro-regime charity receives UN’s money despite criminal acts

Pro-regime charity receives UN’s money despite criminal acts

By Abdulsalam Haj Bakri (Zaman Al Wasl)- Al-Bustan Association (ABA), a pro-regime charity owned and run by Rami Makhlouf, Bashar al-Assad’s cousin and Syria's tycoon, has been listed as one of the organisations under sanction for its crimes against Syrian people. ABA was a delivery partner...

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'Thirst and drought', Assad's new weapon in northern Homs

'Thirst and drought', Assad's new weapon in northern Homs

(Eqtsad)- The land between Rastan dam and the river of al-Asi is considered the main agricultural land and the “food basket” for the Northern countryside of Homs, as it supply the local market with more than 75% of vegetables and crops, and it is considered one of the main food source...

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Yarmouk siege hardens life of three brothers with Duchenne disease

Yarmouk siege hardens life of three brothers with Duchenne disease

(Zaman Al Wasl)- Mohammed, Mahmood and Ali, three brothers from the Yarmouk camp south of Damascus have a genetic disease that affected their muscles and their ability to walk and move, which turned their and their parents’ lives into hell, especially with the siege forced on the camp. ...

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Syrian youth find freedom in Parkour

Syrian youth find freedom in Parkour

Leaping over bombed roofs and jumping through damaged window frames, a group of teenagers run and swing their way through buildings left dilapidated by six years of war in the southern Syrian town of Inkhil. The young men practise Parkour across rebel-held Inkhil, saying they find escape in...

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Abduction gangs in Syrian coast backed by regime security

Abduction gangs in Syrian coast backed by regime security

(Zaman Al Wasl)- The Criminal Investigation directorate in coastal Tartus city has arrested a female member of an abduction gang connected to security officers in Latakia and Tartus, where many people were victims of its crimes. The security forces and criminal section in Tartus and Latakia...

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