Less than a year after recapturing the city from ISIS militants, Raqqa’s residents - especially the elderly - say signs normalcy is slowly returning.
But scars and signs of the brutal life under ISIS remain and for some of the city’s elderly who were not able to leave the city with their grown children, return to normal life will take some time.
“If there was an unveiled woman, they (ISIS) would murder her husband. Husbands began to slowly hate their wives. I was one of them. I told my wife that if she even went outside, I would abandon her,” one elderly Syrian man told Al Arabiya English.