Homs, Syria
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War-torn Homs, Syria

Homs, Syria

Homs’ Old City. Gutted apartment blocks in Homs once housed its long-prospering merchant class.

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Homs, Syria

People line up at a government checkpoint to enter the rebel-held neighborhood of Waer. Before the war, Sunnis, Shiites and Christians coexisted peacefully in Homs.

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Homs, Syria

Mohammed Ali Nouh, in background, is one of the few shop owners who have reopened for business in Old Homs, where residents use bicylces because public transportation is nonexistent.

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Homs, Syria

Workers rebuild a shop near the city’s old souk. The souk’s specialty areas — including the gold market, the metalwork and woodcraft bazaars, the section featuring ladies’ goods — remain deserted.

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Homs, Syria

Shoppers head to a government-run bakery the size of an airplane hangar that sits along the tense border between rebel-controlled Waer and government-held territory. “Here we feed everyone; they are all our citizens,” says the bakery manager, Hussein Amin, 59.

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Homs, Syria

The bakery’s sizzling gas ovens churn out tens of thousands of circular flatbreads daily for consumption on both sides of the divide.

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Homs, Syria

Posters in the pro-government Zahra district commemorate martyrs, including those killed in the civil war.

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Homs, Syria

A 13-year-old girl does her homework in a school turned shelter for displaced families. Her family escaped from Waer and now lives in the shelter in the Baba Amr district.

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Homs, Syria

The dense warren of Old Homs was once a vibrant and religiously diverse home to more than 300,000 people; fewer than 30,000 remain, according to official estimates.

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Homs, Syria

A rusted tank in Old Homs.

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Homs, Syria

A poster of President Bashar Assad in Old Homs.

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