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How sports became means of defiance in Syria’s besieged al-Waer

The Assi River and orchards surrounding the river separate al-Waer district, a northwestern suburb of Homs, from the city.

Children play soccer at a playground in the northwestern Homs district of Al Waer January 17, 2015. U.N. aid workers have started delivering food to tens of thousands of people trapped in a besieged district of Homs city in Syria following negotiations with warring parties, officials said on Friday. . REUTERS/Stringer (SYRIA - Tags: SOCIETY) - RTR4LTIKDespite its proximity to strategic sites such as the military academy, the military hospital and Homs’ refinery, the district was considered a paradise and a summer destination.

But when the Syrian revolution…

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