This YouTube grab shows Antoinette Fares hugging her sister in Homs. (The Daily Star/YouTube grab)
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Antoinette Fares lost nearly half her weight during the hellish siege that she and her brother Sobei endured in Homs' Old City because they didn't want to be a burden on relatives.Before the army blockaded the area two years ago, she weighed 77 kilos, but she now weighs only 45 . Sobei, aged 66, lost 27 kilos as they hung on in the Christian district of Bustan al-Diwan, where the stairs leading to their dim apartment are crowded with boxes and water cans.Cloistered in their home despite daily bombardment and raging battles, the siblings rode out the siege until its bitter end last week, when the last rebels left as part of a deal with the government. A U.N.-brokered deal in February led to hundreds of civilians being evacuated, but Antoinette and Sobei insisted on staying put. Last week, some 2,000 people, most of them rebels, became the last to leave the siege. Sobei and Antoinette stayed, and watched how the army retook control. Despite being holed up for two years, Antoinette and Sobei did not communicate often with the rebels.
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