Badr Shelhawi, left, and Amer Tarkaji, from Aleppo, sit in an orphanage in Jarablus, northern Syria.
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The orphanage first established in rebel-held eastern Aleppo, known as the Center for the Exceptional, has landed in a small house in the sleepy northern town of Jarablus, which was once a hub for Daesh (ISIS) militants along the border with Turkey but has been governed by a Turkey-backed administration since 2016 .More than six million people – nearly a quarter of Syria's prewar population – have been internally displaced because of the war. Qamuz said she left her favorite yellow doll behind in Aleppo.The fall of Aleppo came after one of the most devastating battles of the civil war, now in its eighth year. After four years of rebel rule, the government recaptured eastern Aleppo in December 2016 after a monthslong military offensive backed by Russia.The bombardment of eastern Aleppo drove residents – including the children – underground. Halabi, who the children refer to as Baba, or Dad, said the children still reminisce about Aleppo.
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