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The family of seven is crammed into a single tent in a squalid and overcrowded camp for those who fled the fighting near the capital, Damascus.The family left the town in the Eastern Ghouta region in April as it fell to the government. Maysaa's husband was a member of an armed group that controlled Douma before the Syrian forces moved in. Some 5,000 people from Eastern Ghouta arrived here in April, replacing others who had been displaced from the provinces in eastern Syria.Al-Bab is one of a number of towns that have become part of territory in northwestern Syria now controlled by Turkey and the Syrian fighters it supports, after they chased Daesh militants as well as Kurdish fighters from the area. With the new arrivals to Al-Bab, the camp of over 280 tents grew to include 44 new communal tents, each housing up to 50 people, with men and women living separately.While the family was still in besieged Douma earlier this spring, Maysaa gave what little food her husband brought home all to her children.Then came a suspected chemical gas attack on April 7 that medical workers said killed more than 40 people in Douma.The Sweidans want to move out of the camp and are looking for a home in Al-Bab.
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