Syrians browse merchandise as they attend the government-sponsored "Ghouta Shopping Festival", in the Eastern Ghouta town of Douma, on the eastern outskirts of the capital Damascus, on May 13, 2018. / AFP / LOUAI BESHARA
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Ahead of the holy Muslim month of Ramadan, a market in Syria's ravaged Douma was drawing hundreds who could finally afford food, cleaning supplies, and toys after years of siege. Sponsored by Syria's Trade Ministry, the four-day market opened Sunday in a vast courtyard in Douma, the main town in the onetime opposition bastion of Eastern Ghouta near the capital.Regime forces recaptured Eastern Ghouta last month after a ferocious offensive that displaced tens of thousands, both to government-controlled zones around Damascus and to opposition-held parts of northern Syria.Those who stayed are trying to piece their lives together, and many from Douma and the surrounding towns headed to the market to buy goods for their damaged homes.Syria's Trade and Consumer Protection Minister Abdullah al-Gharabi told reporters a total of six such markets would be organized throughout Ramadan, the Muslim holy month of fasting.
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