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Nabil Hassom

Nabil Hassom prepares a serving of kuba — an Iraqi dish of fried lamb dumplings in tomato broth — at his al-Baracka restaurant in the Syrian town of Saida Zainab. The 60-year-old Iraqi, who came to Syria in 2004, laments the collapse of security and the rise of sectarian violence in his homeland since the fall of Saddam Hussein. Baltimore Sun photo by Matthew Hay Brown