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Reporting on the War in Syria as an Unveiled Woman

My choice not to wear the hijab became a constant source of tension at checkpoints

Zaina Erhaim. Photo: David Levenson/Getty Images

FFive long, shapeless tops; a pile of loose-fitting, dark-colored jeans; a knee-length coat; and a video camera. Those were the contents of my wardrobe for more than two years, when I lived in and reported on the rebel-held area of Aleppo…




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