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For years, Abu Ali sold used furniture and home appliances for a living.For example, the going price for a fridge originally bought for 25,000 Syrian pounds (more than $55) can be as low as a fifth of that price.In Atme, some families have stored their fridges and other appliances in a single tent to protect them from the elements.Awad Abu Abdo, 35, said he too was forced to part with all his household items for a pittance.Back in Atme, 50-year-old Waleeda Derwish said she hoped she would find someone to buy her fridge, washing machine and television, to help her provide for her eight children.The widow transported the electrical items to "save them from bombing or looting" in Maaret Harmeh, she said, a bright blue scarf wrapped around her wrinkled face.Now the appliances represent the family's only lifeline, she said.
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