Cultivating roses in Syria's Idlib province

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In the town of Killi in Idlib province, Syrians harvest hundreds of pink Damask roses. For centuries the flower's prized scent has been distilled into rose water for use in perfumes, cosmetics and food across the Middle East and Europe. "Harvesting roses makes me happy," says Shahed, who lives in a nearby camp for displaced Syrians and picks the flowers to support her family.