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A rare account of daily life in Damascus

"Does it make sense that the aftermath of the war is harder than the war itself?"
Nine years of war in Syria have cost the lives of more than 360,000 Syrians. Four in five Syrians now live below the poverty line and the economic situation is worsening by the day – even in government-controlled areas like Damascus where the fighting has largely stopped.

There is little independent reporting from Syria, but we have a rare account of what life is like in Damascus. Myriam Youssef, not her real name, has written this essay for us, which has been voiced.

(Image: One of the main markets in Damascus in January 2020. Credit: Epa/Youssf Badawi)
Omar came to the UK as an asylum seeker in 2018 and can fix just about anything.
Omar, who came to the UK as an asylum seeker, can fix just about anything and is sharing his skills with locals in Glasgow.

Tunisia welcomes IS orphans home from Libya

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92彩票网平台Tunisia's president has welcomed home six children of Tunisian militants who died fighting for the Islamic State group in neighbouring Libya.

Kais Saied received the orphans at his Presidential Palace in Carthage, in the eastern suburb of the capital Tunis, and ordered that they be provided with care for their physical and mental health before being handed over to relatives.

92彩票网平台The children - aged between four and 12 - were repatriated from the city of Misrata, where they'd been looked after by the Libyan Red Crescent since they lost their parents.

A map showing the locations of Misrata and Tripoli in Libya, and Tunis in Tunisia.
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