Syria DirectSyria Direct Staff2024-05-16T11:00:01+02:00

  • Workers pick strawberries in Rami Soulaq’s fields in Bidama, a town in the western countryside of Syria’s northwestern Idlib province, 6/5/2024 (Mahmoud Hamza/Syria Direct)

Unlikely crops find fertile ground in Idlib

The unlikely fruit of war and displacement, unconventional crops like strawberries, broccoli and Damask roses are taking root in Idlib province, where they were seldom cultivated before the war.

  • The belongings of homeless Syrian asylum seekers sit in piles outside a mosque in Cyprus’ capital, Nicosia, 27/3/2024 (Hanna Davis/Syria Direct)

Worsening conditions in Cyprus push scores to return to Syria

As life in Cyprus grows increasingly difficult for many asylum seekers, the number of Syrians opting into the island’s “voluntary return” program is going up. So far this year, 114 Syrians have returned, compared to just around 30 in all of 2023.

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