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Eastern Ghouta newcomers sweeten Aleppo countryside

Familiar sweets with an eastern Ghouta flair are bringing novelty to street food in the Aleppo countryside.
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ALEPPO, Syria — Street food in northern Syria from Afrin to al-Bab has acquired a new culinary dimension from Syrians displaced from eastern Ghouta, who brought with them the rich desserts they used to make at home.

For the displaced, selling the sweets that are special to their regions at the markets is a way to meet their everyday expenses. Some of the newcomers have opened shops that bear the names of their hometown — Ghouta, Douma or Daraya. Others go by the name Shami, which means Damascene in Arabic.

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