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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 (right) replied: "The only unusual incident was that 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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