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AUG 31, 2013 - San Francisco Chronicle

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Damascus hotel a home for Syrians displaced by war

Once total strangers hailing from far-flung parts of the countryside around Damascus, they have created a sort of communal family in the hotel's cramped quarters. The husbands — those who still have jobs — come back in the evening and play backgammon together in the restaurant, where the TV is. Few people still live that way, but the "hara" still raises feelings of warmth, intimacy and safety. Nearly 5 million people around this country of 23 million have been driven from their homes as regime forces and rebels battle in the 2 ½-year civil war. In the late 19th century, Marjeh, just ... Read More

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