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

One of the local leaders of the Islamist rebel group Ahrar Al-Sham, responsible for overseeing the campaign to paint phrases of advice in public places in the provincial capital of Ar Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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

Islamist rebel fighters pose for portrait stepping on the remains of a statue of former president Hafez al-Assad in the frontyard of the opulent governor's palace in the provincial capital of Ar Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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

Islamic rebel fighters pose for portrait inside the opulent governor's palace in the provincial capital of Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Life in Rebel-Held Raqqa, Syria
Raqqa, Syria
By Transterra Editor
23 Apr 2013

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

A commander and members of a Free Syrian Army batallion are seen in their headquarters in Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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

Members of a Free Syrian Army batallion help run a bakery that provides bread at low prices to civilians in the provincial capital of Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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

Inside a bakery run by the Free Syrian Army in 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 (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 (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 (17 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 Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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

A member of the islamist rebel group Ahrar Al-Sham paints a phrase meaning "Religion is Advice" on a wall in the provincial capital of Ar Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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

A damaged picture of president Bashar al-Assad is seen at the main park in the provincial capital of Al Raqqa after the rebels took control of the city. April 2013, Syria.

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

A man is seen burning garbage in a metal container as children on the background spot an army hepicopter in the sky. Shelling and air strikes have been sporadic in the month since the rebels took
control over 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

Clothes are still seen hanging from the top floor of a residential building hit by an air strike in a neighborhood of Al Raqqa, the first provincial capital completely controled by rebel groups. April 2013, Syria.

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Raqqa, Syria (16 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 (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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Raqqa, Syria (15 of 20)
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
17 Apr 2013

A boy selling military clothing and accessories at a busy street in Ar Raqqa holds a Shahada flag. April 2013, Syria.

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

At a public demonstration to celebrate the liberation of the city, a child stands on a fountain at the main park in Al Raqqa, waving the flag that was the national Syrian flag before Hafez Al Assad took power. The flag has come to represent the revolution and the Free Syrian Army. April 2013, Syria.

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

Rebel fighters hold a poster with the image of a martyr as people from all age groups, belonging to dfferent peaceful activism or armed groups gathered to honor the sacrifice of those who lost their lives during the battle for control of the provincial capital of Al Raqqa, Syria. April 2013.

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

People of all age groups, belonging to dfferent peaceful activism or armed groups wave flags at a public demonstration to celebrate freedom from government control in the provincial capital of Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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

Women are seen at a public demonstration where people gathered to remember and honor those who lost their lives during the battle where rebels took control of the provincial capital of Al Raqqa. April 2013, Syria.

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Life in Rebel Held Raqqa, Syria - Oth...
Raqqa, Syria
By Alice Martins
16 Apr 2013

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.

For more photos, click here: http://transterramedia.com/collections/1317