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What ‘Victory’ Looks Like: A Journey Through Shattered Syria

On an eight-day visit, New York Times journalists given rare access to Syria found ruin, grief and generosity.

What was missing after eight years of civil war?

  • Vivian Yee
  • The New York Times

Young men and a middle class. Picking our way around the ruins of the Damascus suburb of Douma, it took a little while to realize what was missing.

There were women carrying groceries, old men droning by on motorbikes and skinny children heaving jugs of water home.

But there were …

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