Since his house on the outskirts of Damascus was destroyed two years ago, Abu Ziad’s old pickup truck has been not only his sole source of income but also his home.
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Abu Ziad is one of more than 11 million Syrians, or half the population, who have been forced from their homes by the conflict that has been raging across the country since 2011 .Abu Ziad moved to Damascus when his home in Sabeneh, south of Damascus, was destroyed in early 2012 .Abu Ziad's children rent tiny apartments in the Damascus suburbs of Jaramana and Kisweh.According to economic analyst Ammar Yussef, more than 2.3 million homes have been rendered uninhabitable across the country, displacing nearly 7 million people by the end of 2015 .The next most-damaged area, Yussef says, is the central city of Homs, where more than 800,000 buildings, including schools and places of worship, have been destroyed.Mass displacement has created a tenfold increase in rental prices, Yussef says, with the number of people in each home skyrocketing from five in 2011 to 20 people this year.
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