Life goes on in war-torn Syria

Syrian residents of the rebel-held town of Douma, on the outskirts of the capital Damascus, broke their fast with the "iftar" meal on a heavily damaged street on Sunday, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

For six years, Syrians have endured loss and hardship caused by a protracted civil war. Douma has been under siege by President Bashar al-Assad's forces since October 2013, reported The Sun.

Almost five million Syrians have fled their homeland, filling refugee camps in neighbouring countries, and another six million remain displaced inside Syria's borders, reported The Atlantic in March.

Despite the seemingly interminable conflict, life goes on, as shown by the residents of this battle-scarred town.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 20, 2017, with the headline 'Life goes on in war-torn Syria'. Print Edition | Subscribe