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Traditional aubergine meal back on the table in Eastern Ghouta

A Syrian family in the northwestern Damascus suburb of Qudsaya prepares a traditional eggplant dish called “Makdous”, a famous recipe they can once again enjoy after eggplants started growing again in Eastern Ghouta and access to ingredients became available following years of conflict where supplies were low.

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Syrians search for IS captives a year after caliphate crumbles

When the Islamic State group lost its Syrian bastion Raqa last year, family members of missing people hoped to finally uncover what happened to their relatives, who vanished years ago in the jihadists’ prisons. But with many IS jails destroyed in fighting and no centralised body investigating the issue, Syrians have spent a year desperately searching with no answers.

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Year after IS lost Raqa, holdout hospital awaits recovery

Shattered ultra-sound machines and prosthetic limbs litter the hallways of Raqa’s main hospital, still gutted a year after the Islamic State group made its infamous last stand in its Syrian heartland. The bullet-riddled complex looms large among the sea of destroyed buildings in the northern city, once the de facto Syrian capital of IS’s ill-fated “caliphate”.

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In abandoned villa, Syrian children study on the ground

In rebel-held northern Syria, displaced children sit or lie on the ground of an unfinished villa, bending over their notebooks to apply themselves as they write the day’s lesson.

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Syria: demonstration in Idlib province against the regime

Thousands of Syrians wave Turkish and Syrian opposition flags as they demonstrate against the regime in the streets of the Maaret al-Numan in the northern rebel-held province of Idlib.