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December 7, 2021

Ahmed Silwan* knows a lot about pomegranates. His home on the eastern bank of the Euphrates River in Syria is surrounded by an orchard and his life and livelihood have long centered on the fruit. Ahmed can explain the intricacies of growing pomegranates, the best soil, the many ways it can be used, and the fruit’s impact on generations of families in the Deir-ez Zour region.

December 7, 2021

The Raqqa Al-Samra region in northeast Syria is well-known as an important agricultural area. With fertile soil and access to the Balikh and Euphrates rivers, generations of families farmed the land, feeding communities and driving local commerce.

November 9, 2021

Abd Al-Rahman’s family has farmed the same plot of land in the Euphrates River Valley for generations. Farming has supported his family for years and is his community’s main source of income.

September 14, 2021

Every morning, Nawaf Anwar* goes out to care for the chickens he raises on his poultry farm in Syria’s Hasakah governorate. Since starting the farm in 2007, his routine has centered around providing the chickens with their daily needs.  

September 14, 2021

USAID's collaboration with Women's Offices in northeast Syria is helping more women gain new job skills. Before the conflict, Fatima,* 48, had completed her schooling, studied English for two years, and was focused on supporting her family and her children’s education. When ISIS took over northeast Syria in 2014, including her own town, everything changed. “My primary task was to save my family and to make sure they didn’t join ISIS,” she said. 


Last updated: February 28, 2022

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