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Lina and her son, Aghyad, near their refugee camp in Lebanon, November 2016. Lina’s family lived in Der Baalbeh, Syria which became a target for the Syrian army. The army continually raided the village to capture and execute the men. Her husband and brothers fled and she does not know if they have reached safety. Lina never heard
Jack (32) fled Syria after losing his family’s hotel business to the ongoing civil war. Pressured to pick a side, he fled the country to avoid having to choose between taking up arms or going to jail. In Syria, Jack faced discrimination due to his ethnicity, religion, and sexual orientation. After fleeing to Istanbul, he
Abed (8) lives in Lebanon with his father, mother and two brothers. When he grows up, he said he wants to be a teacher and own a taxi, a horse and a palace. Abed’s father, Jamal, worked in Lebanon before the war, and when the war started, quickly moved his family to the country. Unfortunately over the
Banan (36) pictured with her kids in Auxipoli, Greece, November 2016. Banan’s husband left Aleppo first after daily bombings prevented the family from sustenance. Having made it to Germany where he obtained asylum, he’s helped the rest of his family escape to Greece where they await the world to determine their destiny. Banan has a meeting with
Muhammed (2) and Zeyna (1) are originally from Syria. Their parents, Yahya and Nada, were forced to flee their home in 2015 when security in their village was deteriorating. While first fleeing to western Syria, eventually they were forced to move on due to the ever present violence. They tried first to settle in Istanbul
Faten’s three children shown sleeping in their tent in Greece. Faten is from a suburb of Damascus, Syria which was destroyed by airstrikes. All of her neighbors were killed in the bombings. Her husband fled Syria first and was able to make it to Germany, so Faten followed with their three children 5 months later.
As shells exploded overhead, sisters Hanan and Hanin fled their village of Adnanie, Syria with their parents in 2015. From taxis to rented tent space to a temporary makeshift dwelling, the family of four is just out of the war zone, but their journey into uncertainty has only just begun. The girls’ father Ali said he would like to return to