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During Syrian siege, siblings honed the art of improvised survival
During Syrian siege, siblings honed the art of improvised survival

Sobhi Fares ducks beneath the battered arches of a once-grand Ottoman villa. His trained eyes scan for shoots of green that spring improbably from the clutter of shattered masonry, tumbled walls and jagged shards of shrapnel. "This one, here, you can wash it and eat it raw — but it is better with a little oil," he says, fingering a clump of basil-like leaves. "And this," he adds, baring spiky sprigs of purple and pale green reminiscent of chicory, "this you can chop into little pieces and add some seasoning." Fares, 61, is a survivor of the punishing government siege here. For nearly two years, he lived without running water, electricity or shops;...

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