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David (10), Sarah (8) and Latif (12) lost their father to tribal conflict in 2012 in the Democratic Republic of Congo. Their mother Mashagbe explains: “My home was attacked by unidentified gunmen who forced my husband to drive them to an unknown destination. When he resisted, my husband was taken from our home and shot
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Aya (9) fled Syria with her family in 2014. They lived near the city of Homs under intense bombing for over 3 solid months. When the situation didn’t show any signs of improvement, they fled to Lebanon. Now living in a tent in West Bekaa, Aya enjoys attending school, but feels she is disliked by
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Yasser (8) lived in the city of Al Raqqa, Syria with his family. When the war started, his mother Soaad worried for her sons’ futures. She feared they would be forced to join the armies and fight so she made the decision to take her family to Lebanon. Yasser and his four brothers have not
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James (27) is originally from Burundi, but has spent the majority of his life displaced. When James was six-years-old conflict arose in his village between the Tutsi and Hutu tribes. His father was Tutsi and his mother was Hutu, sadly resulting in James’ uncle killing his father. Not long after his father’s death, his mother
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The Kesuha Family lived in the countryside of Hama, near Homs when the war began. Father Abdulkarim explains: “In the first year of the war, there was a massive wave of shelling on our neighborhood. Our house was targeted and I was badly injured. I lost my ability to walk and to use my left
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Fares (12) holds his twin brothers Yehia and Zakarya (1) with his other brothers Asad Al Deen (7) and Yousef (2) at his side. The boys grew up in a large family in the countryside of Aleppo before the war. Their family first fled to Damascus, but when the bombing followed them there, they left
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Loay (25) had hopes of working in furniture sales in Syria until one day everything changed. “In 2012 I was walking to the shop for some groceries. There was a protest walking by and the police started shooting at them and throwing gas. I am allergic to certain smells and I passed out from the
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Basheer (29) was studying technical environmental engineering in Aleppo when the war began. Basheer explains why he fled to Turkey: “The war were getting close to our neighborhood when they started to bomb constantly and we had to move to a different part of Aleppo. But soon after that we had to flee that area
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Muhammad (the above children’s father) and his family of seven were granted a visiting visa to the United States in autumn of 2016. This visit was to be their first family international trip – an amazing adventure they had wanted to take for years. They were excited to visit popular landmarks like Times Square, the
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Diane’s daughter Elizabeth (3) pictured above. Diane was born in the mountains of Western Cameroon, where she was forced into marriage with a much older man. After enduring years of abuse from him, she fled with her two children. She was able to escape to Turkey, but had to leave her children behind with relatives. Once in
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Abbas (3), Sidra (2) and Qamar (5) only recently fled their home from the northwest of Homs, Syria. Their father Hamza explains: “We moved to many different houses trying to avoid the bombings. We even stayed in semi-destroyed houses sometimes. At one point I was hit in the hand while trying to hide with my
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Rahaf (13) is from Idlib, Syria and lives with her parents and four of her siblings in a make shift tent in Lebanon. They fled their home after it was bombed and no longer inhabitable in October of 2014. Currently, Rahaf’s brother Ahmad (21) is the sole provider for the family, earning $80 per month
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Salha lived in Aleppo with her family when the Syrian war began. Before the family could move to safety, her eldest son was killed during a bombing. They left the city immediately, seeking shelter near the town of Latakia. Salha and her family lived here for two years until the situation got worse, forcing Salha
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Fares (6) lives with his mother, father and two younger sisters in a makeshift refugee camp in Lebanon. They were forced to flee their home is Syria in 2011, first moving to Al Tal where the kids’ grandfather was taking refuge in a school. As recounted by their mother, Fatima, “We stayed about one year
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 Emilie: “I was married and lived with my husband in Cote D’Ivoire. I had my baby boy Soloman with him in 2007. In 2011, the civil war started in Cote D’ivoire and the rebels came, indiscriminately assaulting and killing people in the town where I lived. We fled into Togo and they put us in a
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Mohammad (10) stands with his sister Safaa (8) at the edge of their camp in Lebanon. Mohammad was living with his family in a village in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus. His father Omar (37) worked a good job in a textile, but in 2013 militants began bombing the village. The family relocated to another
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The Alomar family fled from Aleppo in 2015. For four long years they lived under constant threats of bombings and gunfire that claimed the lives of many relatives and friends. After their uncle was kidnapped and a bomb exploded in their building, they fled to Turkey. Their journey by foot through the winter was difficult. When
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Emine (2) and her brother Recep (3) only know life as refugees. Their mother Fatima was pregnant with Emine when the family fled from their home in Afrin, Syria after their uncle was killed. Their journey was difficult – they crossed the border to Turkey through a trench while under threat of gunfire. Now in Istanbul,
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My father was a distiller and made the local liquor, Akpeteshie. He also owned and operated a bar. My family is Christian, but we lived in a Muslim area, where alcohol was forbidden, so we faced many pressures. The pressures turned to threats and eventually my father had to close the bar. My mother started
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Fidaa (left) and his siblings standing nearby their small house in Bekaa, Lebanon. The Abdelwahed family lived in the countryside of Damascus, Syria under constant threat of airstrikes. When their home was destroyed, they moved to their family’s home in Al-Qaboun but eventually left to Lebanon due to the lack of viable resources. Now surrounded by a
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While visiting nearby relatives, the Elkerdush’s home was bombed and their father Farok decided it was time to leave, despite the risks. Stuck in a city controlled by ISIS, it was a crime for the family to leave. They managed to escape, traveling in the back of a vegetable truck for eleven days until they arrived
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Saleh (51) lived with his wife and three sons before conflict erupted in his hometown of Al Raqqa, Syria. Extremists threatened his life and tried to take his sons away. Fearing for his family’s safety, they fled Syria for Lebanon. Saleh’s eldest son Shawakh (23) was for not having proper documentation until they can raise the money
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Now living in a refugee camp in Lebanon, Fatima (19) does the best she can to provide for her daughter Mariam (1). In 2014, when militants invaded her home town of Al Raqqa, Syria, she fled with her parents to her uncle’s house. When the situation became too dangerous there, she fled alone to Lebanon. Fatima
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Manal was pregnant with her daughter Shamsa (1) when war took over their hometown of Idlib, Syria. Fearing for life, she fled with her family to Lebanon. Now as a single parent, Manal occasionally works harvesting earning up to $4 per day. She receives some aid from the UNHCR but is unable to support her three
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Mustafa (2) and Alesar (5) in Istanbul, June 2017. When Alesar fled Syria, Mustafa was due but not yet born. Their father had been enlisted by militants against his will and encouraged his wife Maha to take the kids and flee. They fled by sea to Turkey under traumatic conditions and upon arrival, the few belongings they had
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