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Syria’s voices of hope

One day, the war in Syria will end and its society will have to rebuild. The stories of its ordinary citizens show that there is a way forward

By Sameer Rahim   February 2017

Makeshift homes in the SAWA refugee camp in Bar Elias, eastern Lebanon

Think of Syria and what comes to mind is a stream of gruesome images: the ruined streets of Aleppo, bombed into the dust by Bashar al-Assad and his Russian allies; the grotesque spectacles served up by Islamic State (IS); the dead children, the destroyed hospitals and the tide of refugees—whether victims of the regime or the rebel forces which have, at times, also…

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