A displaced Syrian child looks out from behind a gate in Raqa's western al-Sabahiya district where they are taking shelter on August 14, 2017. AFP / Delil souleiman
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The fight to oust the militant group Daesh (ISIS) from its Syrian stronghold Raqqa has displaced thousands of civilians, but some have decided to stay on the frontlines despite the dangers."We don't let the children leave the house because we're afraid mines might explode underneath them," Anud said.The family's belongings are still stacked in the white truck parked outside, ready in case they have to flee at a moment's notice.Ahmad stopped speaking after the trauma of seeing his home destroyed, his father wounded, and his neighbors displaced in fierce bombardment of his district.It is Abu Ghanem's native neighborhood, but the fighting in Raqqa has displaced his family several times.Food and clean water are difficult to access, displaced families struggle in the blistering heat, and even the most basic medicine and medical services are often unavailable.That leaves Raqqa natives like Fatima torn between being unable to afford life in the camp and trying to keep their families safe.Al-Sabahiya lies adjacent to their home district of Al-Romaniya, but in war-torn Raqqa, it feels worlds away.
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