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Waer Residents Between a Rock and a Hard Place

Waer Residents Between a Rock and a Hard Place

The civilian population has been caught between the grim prospects of being displaced and uprooted, on the one hand, or remaining in a state of uncertainty, on the other, each of which is an infinitely difficult choice to make.

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Do Alawis Want to Fully Become Shia Offshoot?

Do Alawis Want to Fully Become Shia Offshoot?

On the Syrian coast, the diffusion of Shia proselitism stirs up mixed feelings in the local Alawi community.

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Walking on Death Along the Iraqi Border

Walking on Death Along the Iraqi Border

The smuggler told us to continue our journey on foot and to be careful to follow the footprints that barely show in the dark. I realized then that we were walking on death, because we were in the middle of a mine field

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Dayr az-Zawr Residents Experience Siege and Harsh Conditions

Dayr az-Zawr Residents Experience Siege and Harsh Conditions

The supervisor ordered all attending women to adhere to the Sharia law dress code, even though the required black robe “costs a lot, up to 30 USD, and most women are unable to buy it.

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Nobody Wants to Cross the Qutayfah Checkpoint

Nobody Wants to Cross the Qutayfah Checkpoint

Al-Qutayfah checkpoint strikes fear into the hearts of most Syrians, regardless of political orientation. It unites them in terror, a surreal paradox in the midst of a polarizing crisis.

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A Real Estate Market Under Surveillance

A Real Estate Market Under Surveillance

The Syrian regime’s use of administrative and legislative powers to control people’s mobility and residency often goes unnoted in the media.

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Widows Struggle to Overcome Poverty and Discrimination

Widows Struggle to Overcome Poverty and Discrimination

At a time when mothers do not have adequate access to fulfill the needs of their children, widows persevere in their fight against traditions and overbearing community surveillance, to be the new breadwinners of their families.

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Tartusians and Aleppans, a Story of Mutual Benefits

Tartusians and Aleppans, a Story of Mutual Benefits

Despite some tensions, the collaboration and coexistence of the Aleppans and Tartusians leaves one cautiously optimistic.

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Merchants of an Unprofitable Crisis

Merchants of an Unprofitable Crisis

“Crisis traders” here differ from the traditional merchants of crisis because they are living under siege and outside the siege at the same time, and they are not reaping significant profits from the situation.

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Darayya Activists Struggle to Adapt to Idlib

Darayya Activists Struggle to Adapt to Idlib

Darayya witnessed four years of siege. This siege was mitigated by the city’s local council, which helped it withstand regime attacks and lawlessness, in stark contrast to what Daraya activists have witnessed after their arrival in Idlib.

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