A figurine is on show at an art exhibition at the first cultural centre to open since Daaesh rule ended in the eastern Syrian city of Raqa, May 1, 2019.
AFP / Delil Souleiman
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More than a year after Daesh (ISIS) fled, Syrian boys and girls are finally back on stage bobbing to the rhythm of drums in the northern city of Raqqa.After almost four years under Daesh, which banned music and the arts, U.S.-backed forces expelled the last Daesh militants from Raqqa in October 2017 . Daesh overran Raqqa in 2014, making the city its de-facto Syrian capital and imposing a brutal interpretation of Islam on everyone.Before Daesh arrived, the city had more than 20 cultural centers, the largest housing 60,000 books. In the cultural center's gallery, painter Amal al-Attar has work on display after returning from exile in Beirut.
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