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Long recovery ahead in former Syria rebel enclave eastern Ghouta

Updated : March 13, 2019 12:33 PM IST

Hunkered near one of Syria's hottest front lines for seven years, the eastern Ghouta district of Ein Terma sustained more damage than most areas in the conflict. Its markets are now full and children throng the streets where shells were falling a year ago. But for the people who have returned to live there, the recovery is gradual. As the eighth anniversary of the civil war arrives this week, Ein Terma's battered streets attest to the long road ahead for Syria's war-smashed towns and cities.

A man rides on a bike past rubble in Ein Terma, a district of eastern Ghouta, Syria. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A man rides on a bike past rubble in Ein Terma, a district of eastern Ghouta, Syria. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
Samiha Fares prepares food in her kitchen in Ein Terma, a district of eastern Ghouta. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
Samiha Fares prepares food in her kitchen in Ein Terma, a district of eastern Ghouta. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A man sells goods along a street in Ein Terma, a district of eastern Ghouta, Syria. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A man sells goods along a street in Ein Terma, a district of eastern Ghouta, Syria. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A woman walks past fuel put for sale in Ein Terma. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A woman walks past fuel put for sale in Ein Terma. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A general view of damaged buildings in Ein Terma. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A general view of damaged buildings in Ein Terma. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A worker works at a construction site in Ein Terma. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A worker works at a construction site in Ein Terma. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A construction site in Ein Terma. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
A construction site in Ein Terma. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
Workers work at a construction site in Ein Terma. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
Workers work at a construction site in Ein Terma. (REUTERS/Omar Sanadiki)
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