The fighting in Homs has been largely over since 2014 — government forces and their allies crushed the rebels and negotiated surrenders. Now, the United Nations Development Programme is working to rehabilitate the old city. Here, men work on the old souk. Alice Fordham/NPR hide caption

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In Ancient Syrian City, Fighting Has Stopped But Rebuilding Is Scarce

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An image grab taken from an AFPTV video released on Saturday shows people gathering amidst at the site of a car bomb attack in the rebel-held town of Azaz in northern Syria. Stringer/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Siblings Ibrahim and Evan visit the home of their aunt December 27 in Bakhdida, Iraq, southeast of Mosul. The Islamic state burned the home, looted their parents home and destroyed or vandalized every church in Bakhdida. With a population of 50,000, it had been the largest Christian-majority town in the country, but nearly all residents have fled. NurPhoto/NurPhoto via Getty Images hide caption

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Global Powers' Commitment To Intervene In Genocides May Be Waning

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A member of the Syrian government forces watches during an evacuation of Syrian rebel fighters and civilians from a opposition-held area of Aleppo on Friday. George Ourfalia/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrian President Bashar Assad (right) speaks Monday in Damascus with Cardinal Mario Zenari, the head of the Catholic diplomatic mission in Syria. The photo was released by the Syrian official news agency SANA. The Syrian army has retaken almost all of the northern city of Aleppo, and Assad appears in a stronger position than at any point in the past several years. SANA via AP hide caption

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People flee rebel-held eastern neighborhoods of Aleppo into the Sheikh Maqsud area, controlled by Kurdish fighters, in Syria on Sunday. The photo was provided by the Rumaf, a Syrian Kurdish activist group, and authenticated by The Associated Press. The Rumaf/AP hide caption

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A Syrian man, flanked by his son and his nephews, lays a myrtle branch on the grave of his brother at a cemetery in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on Monday, on the first day of the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha. Sameer al-Doumy/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syrians run for cover during reported government air strikes in the rebel-held town of Douma, east of the capital Damascus, on Sept. 9. Under the plan announced Friday, hostilities are to cease starting at sundown Sept. 12, the start of the Eid al-Adha holiday. Abd Doumany/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov (left) and U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry (right) enter a news conference room Friday in Geneva to announce a cease-fire agreement for Syria. Fabrice Coffrini/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A video released by the White Helmets, a team of volunteer rescue workers, shows men hosing down civilians after the reported chlorine gas attack Tuesday in Aleppo, Syria. White Helmets/Screenshot by NPR hide caption

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Safi al-Kasasbeh and his wife Isaaf are the parents of Moath al-Kasasbeh, the Jordanian air force pilot who was captured by the Islamic State in Syria and later killed by the group. Alice Fordham / NPR hide caption

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In Jordan, A Family And A Country Feel The Loss Of A Pilot

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Syrian Aram al-Doumani (center, facing camera) takes part in a peaceful protest against Syrian President Bashar Assad in Douma, Syria, in 2011. Doumani, who now runs an opposition news agency in Syria, says he is skeptical of a breakthrough in cease-fire talks. Courtesy Aram al-Doumani hide caption

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For A Syrian Activist, Optimism Is Increasingly Hard To Find

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People inspect a site hit by what activists said were air strikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad on a marketplace in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, on Sunday. Bassam Khabieh/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Images of dead bodies in Syrian prisons, taken by a Syrian government photographer, are displayed at the United Nations on March 10. The photographer, who goes by the pseudonym Caesar, took the pictures between 2011, when the Syrian uprising began, and 2013, when he fled the country. His photos will be on display at the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Lucas Jackson/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Documenting Death Inside Syria's Secret Prisons

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Allison Begalman, a student at the University of Southern California, wears goggles and headphones to experience a virtual mortar strike on civilians in Aleppo, Syria. James Delahoussaye/NPR hide caption

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Virtual Games Try To Generate Real Empathy For Faraway Conflict

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A Syrian man carries a girl on a street covered with dust following a government airstrike in Aleppo on Tuesday. Rebels took the eastern half of the city in 2012 but are now in danger of being forced out by President Bashar Assad's troops. Baraa Al-Halabi/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Syria's Army On The Verge Of Retaking The Country's Largest City

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Abu Ghassan (from left), Hassan and Sobhy sit in the lobby of a hotel in Athens, Greece, that blocks out at least 40 rooms each month for Syrian refugees and gives them a discount, on Feb. 11. Though the Syrians have a safe haven at the hotel, Greece as a whole has not been as welcoming. Holly Pickett for NPR hide caption

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Fleeing War At Home, Syrians Reach State Of Limbo In Greece

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At Harmanli Camp in Bulgaria, hundred of asylum seekers — mostly from Syria and Afghanistan — live in reconfigured shipping containers and decommissioned military schools. The poor country is ill-equipped to deal with the influx of refugees from Syria. Jodi Hilton for NPR hide caption

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With Dogs And Batons, Bulgaria Tells Syrian Refugees To Turn Back

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