Civilians and traders in northern Syria hope that commercial activities will resume now that the Abu al-Zandeen crossing is open, linking regime-controlled Aleppo City to the Turkish-backed Opposition areas for the first time.
Iraq - After the country's war against ISIS ended, displaced families were told that it was time to go home, pushing thousands of families into peril. Many internally displaced people said that they can not return home due to lack of infrastructure, and accusations of collaborations with ISIS.
Volunteer groups have taken on a leading role in supporting the thousands of people from the East Ghouta region, east of Damascus, who were displaced to Idlib and western Aleppo in March and April this year.
Sponsored by the Syrian Women's Council and UN Women, a workshop which seeks to set the priorities for women in Syria was recently held. The attendees stress the importance of re-establishing the high status of women in Syrian society post-ISIS.