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  • Zaha mom, who lost her husband, son and granddaughter on the same night in 2016 when a missile struck their home.

  • Still, she never left Duma, a former rebel stronghold outside Damascus where she was born and bred.

  • It saw some of the fiercest fighting of the Syrian civil war that started a decade ago.

  • Mother, I don't want to remember, she says of the anniversary.

  • It was too cruel.

  • I wish the war hadn't happened and we lived in peace.

  • But this is God's will.

  • Age 74 wheelchair bound by heart condition ham, who looks after her son's for surviving Children, a widowed daughter, another daughter and her family.

  • Before the war, her husband owned a mini market, and they were quite well off.

  • Her son in lawyer Sinaloa for was a builder earning enough to support his family, now his jobless and confined to his bed after back surgery.

  • Before the crisis, we were working and providing for our household.

  • There was always something to aim for.

  • Their plight isn't unusual.

  • Hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in Syria and millions more forced to flee their homes.

  • President Bashar al Assad survived the insurgency and Duma is back under government control.

  • Its streets are busy but battle scarred.

  • Um, Bashir Assad, You're lives with her mother in law and four Children.

  • She was widowed in the last few days of the shelling.

  • If only my husband hadn't departed, she says.

  • But he did, and we're poor.

  • She washes and cuts up lettuce to deliver to local restaurants to make ends meet.

  • It's too late for us now, but I'm hoping things will get better for the Children.

  • After years of siege, Russian backed aerial bombing forced the rebels to relinquish Duma in 2018.

  • Many residents who fled to the Turkish held north are not allowed back.

Zaha mom, who lost her husband, son and granddaughter on the same night in 2016 when a missile struck their home.

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Memories of Syria's war haunt family torn apart

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    林宜悉 posted on 2021/03/12
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