Life in Rebel Held Raqqa, Syria - Others -

Collection with 20 media items created by Alice Martins

16 Apr 2013 23:00

Raqqa is the first Syrian provincial capital to be taken over by the rebels during the war. It offers a look into how Syria might look like after a hypothetical fall of president Bashar al-Assad. The city, still being shelled and bombed by the regime, is now under control of the Free Syrian Army and of several Islamist groups, including al-Qaeda-affiliated Jabhat al-Nusra and a group staying in the opulent governor's palace. They all have different visions for a future Syria. A Civilian Council is trying to act as a "mini-government," as they put it themselves, and a newly formed Sharia Committee had to close after hundreds protested over the arrest of two young sisters. People are enjoying their new freedom but complain about the economy, feel insecure about the future and are wary of Islamist groups. At the same time, the extremists' style is becoming 'the new cool', more young men wear beards in their style and their black bandanas are the best selling item among the rebel paraphernalia sold by street vendors.

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Raqqa, Syria (1 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

At an equine hotel currently controled by members of the islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham after rebels managed to completely expell government forces from the provincial capital of Ar Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (2 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

Children play on the street in the provincial capital of Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (3 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

Women are seen through the small window of a bakery currently run by the Free Syrian Army that provides bread at low prices to the population of Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (4 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

A civilian paints a phrase meaning "Work for this life as if you would live forever. Work for the afterlife as if you would die tomorrow." on a public wall in the provincial capital of Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (5 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

A man stands at a repair shop he recently managed to set up next door to his old shop, completely destroyed by an air strike during the fighting for the provincial capital of Ar Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (6 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

Locals examine the damage caused by an air strike in a residential area of Al Raqqa, the first provincial capital completely controled by rebel groups. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (7 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

Children stand in the remains of houses destroyed by an air strike in the provincial capital of Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (8 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

A child runs through the rubble of a home destroyed during an air strike in the provincial capital of Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (9 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
24 Apr 2013

The controversial black flag raised by an islamist group across from the governorate building in Ar Raqqa is seen on the background of a street stand where flags representing different rebel groups are sold. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (10 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
24 Apr 2013

The controversial black flag raised by an islamist group across from the governorate building in Ar Raqqa is seen on the background of a street stand where flags representing different rebel groups are sold. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (11 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
24 Apr 2013

Leftovers of a meal are seen inside the opulent governor's palace in the provincial capital of Ar Raqqa, now occupied by an islamist rebel group. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (12 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
21 Apr 2013

A group of young activists paints public walls and monuments in the provincial capital of Ar Raqqa with the colors of the old Syrian flag, that has come to represent the revolution. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (13 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
24 Apr 2013

At a barber shop in Ar Raqqa, where some young men have chosen to change their beard style inspired by islamist rebel fighters. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (14 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
24 Apr 2013

A woman walks out of a female clothing store in Ar Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (15 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

A street vendor walks past a shop where the message "The thief will be punished. - Jabhat al-Nusra" was spray-painted on the door. Since the rebels expelled the government from the city of Raqqa in early March, many shop owners chose to write such messages for fear of loothing. Ar Raqqa, Syria, April 2013

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Raqqa, Syria (16 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

A rebel fighter is seen at a public gathering to honor the martyrs of Raqqa city, and celebrate freedom from government control.

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Raqqa, Syria (17 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

A child stands on the fountain at a main park during a demonstration where people from all age groups gathered to celebrate freedom from government control in the provincial capital of Ar Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (18 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

Women at a clothing store in a main shopping area in Ar Raqqa. Asked about whether she had felt any pressure to dress differently since the rebels took control of the city, Rula (left) replied: "The only unusual incident was when some rebels came to my house to say that I had nothing to worry about, no one would treat me any differently now. I feel comfortable walking around without a hijab, as I always did." April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (19 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

Women are seen at a busy shopping street in central Raqqa city. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (20 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

Members of the islamist rebel group Ahrar al-Sham tend horses at an equine hotel they've overtaken after rebels managed to completely expell government forces from the provincial capital of Ar Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.