A Syrian soldier walks with a woman searching to find her home in a destroyed neighborhood in the former rebel-held town of Zamalka in Eastern Ghouta, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus on April 11, 2018. AFP / Youssef KARWASHAN
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Eyebrows furrowed, Umm Mohammad examined a row of homes in Zamalka, trying to find a spark of familiarity in the heavily-damaged town.Many of the remaining buildings are missing roofs, balconies or even entire walls.With the help of a Syrian soldier, Umm Mohammad clambered over rubble to enter one house after the other, hoping to find her own.Hundreds were gathered Wednesday on the edge of Ghouta, impatiently waiting for rubble to be cleared from the main entrances.Once the roads were open, several residents and journalist vehicles entered Ghouta, struggling to make out the paved road under a thick blanket of debris.Passing through the streets of Arbin, another devastated Ghouta town, a young girl peeked out from a damaged home.
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