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From Beirut to Babila, Syrian refugee family returns home

Former Syrian refugee Rawad Kurdi (2nd L), 30, walks between his brother and son on October 08, 2018 outside his family home in the area of Babila, south of Damascus, following his return from Lebanon. - In 2012, Rawad Kurdi and his 35 relatives were forced to flee their hometown of Babila southeast of Damascus after fighting broke out between rebels and government forces. They came to Lebanon. Three years later, some of the elderly family members including Rawad's father Ahmad returned to Syria, and more have hit the road home since. (Photo by LOUAI BESHARA / AFP)

BABILA/BEIRUT, SYRIA: Syrian toddler Luay happily explores his grandfather’s modest house near Damascus for the first time. After years as refugees in Lebanon, the three-year-old and his family have returned to their homeland.

They are among several thousand Syrians who have made an emotional journey home from Lebanon, where they sought safety from the war that has ravaged their native country since 2011.

Worn down by tough economic conditions in Lebanon and seeing regime victories back home as bringing stability, they have taken advantage of return trips coordinated by Lebanese and Syrian authorities.

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