Umm Samer and her family, displaced from eastern Ghouta, gather to break their fast at their home in Maarrat Misrin some seven kilometres north of Idlib on May 26, 2018.
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After years of Syrian government siege, Umm Samer can finally prepare an appetizing spread to end her family's daily Ramadan fast.Umm Samer, her husband and five children – two of them disabled – fled Ghouta around two months ago as it came under government control, setting up near the town of Maaret Misreen in Idlib province.When the month of Ramadan came around, the family would observe the daylong fast like millions of other Muslims around the world.But instead of breaking their fast at sundown with traditional multiple-course meals and desserts, Umm Samer's family gathered around the same sparse spread.In Ghouta, Umm Samer says, the heavy raids made that impossible.Such meals are life-changing for Umm Mohammed, 53, who was displaced from Ghouta a month ago with her husband, two daughters and two sons.
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