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New villages are mushrooming in Syria’s opposition-held areas

Syria's displaced are creating small towns after having been forced out of their hometowns.

Mahdi al-Daman has been on the move for five years, fleeing from one place to another. He bought a small plot of land in the town of New Karnaz recently, where he pitched a tent. He hopes to build a house, however, that would shelter him and his family from the cold.

Daman, from the town of Karnaz in the northern countryside of Hama, fled his hometown when the Syrian regime took control of it in 2013. He took flight in one of the camps for internally displaced persons along the border with Turkey.

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