Embracing the everyday, dreaming of the future

By Toby Fricker For Syrian refugees in Jordan, the routines of everyday life help heal the past and build hope for the future. ZA’ATARI CAMP, Jordan, 3 July 2013 – As the sun rises upon the vast desert surrounding Za’atari camp, people wake to another intensely hot summer day. It is the second-largest refugee camp […]

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In Jordan, a thirteen-year-old Syrian refugee talks about how his thoughts have never left home

By Toby Fricker Meet Bashir, a 13-year-old Syrian boy whose home, for the past seven months, has been Za’atari refugee camp, Jordan. ZA’ATARI, Jordan, 15 March 2013 – Bashir and his family fled their home in Deraa, southern Syrian Arab Republic, seven months ago. But, ever since that day, when the shelling became too intense […]

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At a camp on the Syrian–Turkish border, talk of the past and present – and the future

By Patrick Wells Residents of Bab Al Salama camp on the Syrian–Turkish border talk about the past and present – and wonder about their futures. BAB AL SALAMA, Syrian Arab Republic, 23 April 2013 – Last November, Bassam Guan, a 35-year-old father of four, left for work at a freezer plant in his hometown of […]

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Burned in an attack and now in exile in Lebanon, Adnan is one of the children at the heart of the Syrian crisis

By Souleyma Mardam Bey Four-year-old Adnan will never forget the two minutes when his entire world was turned upside down. The flames destroying his home in the Syrian Arab Republic also ruined his childhood. He escaped two months ago with his family and found shelter in north Lebanon, where they live in abject poverty. While […]

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