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Warda explains: “I was living with my husband Khair and two sons in the Ghouta of Damascus, Syria, where we were bombed by shells. One day, we were at home when a shell broke into our neighbor’s house and the wall fell on my son Ahmad (20) – he was wounded by shrapnel. We ran
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Fazal worked as a photographer and reporter for the local newspaper in Gujarat, Pakistan. He was a crime reporter with a criminal gangs beat when he began to receive threats for taking photos. He did not stop publishing his stories about gang violence in Pakistan and eventually began to receive death threats. One day while
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Adele and her family lived in the West African Country, Cameroon. In 2007 her husband left for Turkey to find work and bring the rest of his family to live with him. After seven years of unsuccessful attempts to reunite the family, Adele finally made it to Turkey with one child. When her husband returned
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atef
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Atef enjoyed his job as head of a museum cultural  center in Damascus, Syria’s largest city. Syria had long been a mecca of culture, including the remains of ancient civilizations and masterpieces of art and architecture. He was proud to preserve that heritage, helping to make it accessible to other Syrians and the world as
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In Syria, Hatem worked as an actor, a Dervish Dancer and also a drama teacher. He was an activist as well and, like four of his activist friends who were killed, this made him a target. Hatem’s brother was a surgeon’s assistant helping to treat the injured, but one day, he was struck and killed
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Azam and Anum fell in love after they met working in the local grocery store. Being from different religions, they met secretly. Azam bravely sought Anum’s hand in marriage from her father but when her father realized that he was a Sunni, he denied him, and warned that if he ever went near her again, they would
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Marwa and her family were living in Der al Zor, Syria when armed militants kidnapped her husband – he worked for the government.  Fearing he safety, Marwa took their four children and moved to Al Kasra.  Her husband was released after two months when he signed a form proclaiming he would never again work in
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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
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Bader (11), Ahmed (4), Wessam (16), Mohammed (8) and Fatima (15) stand together in their IDP camp on the border with Turkey inside of Syria. The children lost their father in 2012 after he was killed by a bomb on his way to work. It was the 25th of January, 2013, and their mother Najah was
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Marah (5) is originally from Idlib, Syria but has been living in an IDP refugee camp inside of Syria on the border with Turkey since her home was destroyed in early 2016. Marah is one of nine siblings that are being supported by their widowed mother – their father was killed in the bombing that
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Khaled (5) was just under a year old when his family fled their destroyed home in Al Tarimsa, Syria. Khaled’s father Ali was seriously wounded in the blast resulting in the amputation of one of his legs and the development of a severe infection. For treatment, the family was forced to make the hard journey to
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Naila stands with her husband, Shafiq, and their three children. Naila is from Ghelum, Pakistan.  Her husband Shafiq was an experienced video producer and editor. He worked with video for 22 years but he often faced electrical outages and couldn’t work because of bad infrastructure in his area. He left his job to start a rental
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Khaled (9) and his brother Omer (5) fled their home in Syria in 2013 after their father Ahmed was arrested and told upon release to never be seen in Damascus again. The family first fled to Lebanon for safety, but felt it was safer to move to Turkey.  Their house in Syria has since been bombed, so while
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From left to right, Salam (6), Alaa (8), Fawaz (4) and Subhi (7) in their camp in Syria. The kids’ mother Suha explains why they fled their town in Idlib, Syria and how they ended up here: “Our village was being bombed which caused the full destruction of our house. That’s why we escaped. But my
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Abdul (4) and Mohammed (6) shelter in an IDP camp in Syria with their mother Rajaa. The family of three is from a small town between Idlib and Damascus. The vicinity became a front line for regime forces and rebels and thus suffered bombings and intense battles on a daily basis. In January of 2013, Rajaa’s husband left
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Mouhammad (12), Zahir (4), Osama (8) and Sidra (6) sit on the steps of their temporary shelter, south of Idleb, Syria. Ahlam describes the effect of the war on her family: “My husband was an activist and since the beginning of the war, he used to write poems, draw pictures and take photographs of everything that he
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Shireen stands with her children outside their tent in Iraq. They are Yazidi, and were forced to flee their home in 2014 when Daesh took over their village. The family has been living in a refugee camp near the border with Syria ever since. Shireen’s husband was killed when Daesh first attacked in 2013. Though
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Leeka and Husam fled Iraq in October of 2016 and have since been stuck in a Greece refugee camp. Husam was a police officer in Iraq but due to the nature of his work, received regular death and kidnapping threats. For the safety of the entire family, they had no choice but to flee. Now in Greece, the family
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Mariam and family
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Mariam and her three children fled Iran in August 2016. Her ex-husband was abusive and threatened to kill her and their children. It was a difficult journey to Greece as a smuggler stole their money on one occasion and they were turned back by authorities on another. Mariam did not relent and eventually made it to Samos island in
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Ahmad was serving in the Syrian military when the civil war began and he wanted no part of it.  He left the service and moved to live with his wife Fatima in Aleppo until the war got worse and their house was destroyed.  Ahmad and Fatima made the difficult decision to flee the country and any
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Khalil’s family fled Aleppo, Syria in 2016 due to the civil-war, specifically imminent daily dangers from overhead airstrikes. Khalil made way to Greece with his wife, father, sister and two brothers. His wife was pregnant at the time, and their baby was born while they were living in a refugee camp in northern Greece this
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Hamo’s family fled airstrikes in Syria over a year ago but remains displaced, in search of another way. Having spent nearly twelve months living in Greek refugee camps without access to electricity or running water, they have a long winter ahead before their interview for asylum to Europe is scheduled in the Spring. Due especially to
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When demonstrations began in 2011, Amro was living with his parents and four siblings in the Eastern Ghouta of Damascus, Syria. One day the family was at home when the regime army fired on demonstrators. Amro’s father, Abd Al Karim: “I threw myself on the children to protect them from random bullets that pierced the
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Mona (5) stands outside her plastic-tarp tent in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon, December, 2016. Mona shelters here with her parents and three siblings. The family is originally from a small village in Syria east of Damascus, Al Abbadeh. In 2013, clashes erupted and her village was bombed. She escaped with her family to her grandparents’ home
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Marwa (3) is the youngest of the eight brothers and sisters. Hamza (8) wants to be a math teacher. The entire family lives in this tent encampment in Lebanon. Fatima explains: “At the end of 2012, we were living in the city of Al Tabka when the regime army began bombing the city by aircraft
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Muhammed is pictured here with his younger brother Fares. The two brothers, along with their mother Amoun, father Ahmad and baby brother Omar have finally arrived in Lebanon after enduring almost six years of civil war at their doorstep. Amoun worked in sewing and Ahmad on an iron before being forced to flee their home.
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Aya and Alaa in Lebanon, December, 2016. The girls lived with their father in Syria but after he passed away, they were taken in by their uncle, Mohammad Nour: “In 2012, I was living with my wife in the countryside of Damascus in Al Tadamon when raids by the regime army began and bombings intensified.
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Ahmad is 9 and would like to be an Architect one day. His sister Malak is 5 and she would like to have a Barbie. From Kweres, Aleppo, they now live with their mom (Rafaa) and dad (Ibrahim) and five other sisters (ages 16, 14 year old twin sisters, 11, and 1) in a tent
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Ayda is from a village in Syria near Damascus. In 2012, she was studying Biology at the university but her life changed abruptly when her home was destroyed by bombs. Her family took shelter in the basement and then fled to another part of Syria. Having stayed close to a year, her father was arrested
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Mohammad (10) and Zaid (6) in Turkey, December, 2016. The Abdullahs are from the countryside of Aleppo, but constant shelling and barrel bombs sent them fleeing towards Turkey, having to be smuggled out of the city. The decision to move came after their neighbors’ houses were pummeled by the ongoing bombardment. The path away from
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Twelve-year-old Mazen lives in Lebanon with his mother, father, and 15-year-old brother, Khalil. In the words of his mother, Najma, the family was “terrified” in their home in Al Raqqa when ISIS fought with the Syrian Free Army. “Hours after the clash, the Free Army told us to leave before the bombing started with heavy
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Samar and her husband Qasem fled from their home in Syria to Lebanon in September of 2014. “Rebels entered our village and clashed with the regime by tanks, guns and aircraft,” she said of the day they left. “We were so scared so we fled to another village. My father became sick, unable to handle
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“I was the youngest of 27 children. My father was a police officer with three wives. He passed away in 1997. We split his meager pension between the 27 children and I worked peddling anything I could find in the street. All the children had to do it to pay their school fees. I woke
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Adnan (second from right) sits with his father and two sisters in their shelter in Lebanon. Adnan’s family have been displaced from the war in Syria since 2011. Though they would like to one day return to their homeland, their house has been destroyed and they have nowhere else to go. Adnan and both of
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Rania’s girls, Yasmin (10) and Nur (7) in Istanbul, Turkey. Their mother explains their situation: Before the Syrian unrest, my husband and I were living in Damascus with our son and three daughters. I worked as a professional art teacher and my husband worked in the shoe trade. Syria was a safe place then, but
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Maria and Limar in Jordan, 2016. Their father ِAbd Al Fattah explains why they fled Syria: I lived with my family in Al-Musayfirah in southern Syria where the peaceful demonstrations began and the regime’s army faced the people with guns. On 24/10/2011, the regime began breaking into houses, arresting people randomly and I was among
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Abdelkarim: “We lived in Raqqa, Syria under the control of Daesh. For the last five years, we had been trying to sustain ourselves using our savings. But we ran out of money. We didn’t have anything left and the situation was too horrific to continue. Every time I would go out to buy bread, I
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Mawloda (6) and her family were forced to flee Syria in 2014 when soldiers entered their small town and began arresting and killing the men. Her father managed to escape and after hiding for a short time, the family was able to follow and reunite with him inside of Syria. Together again, they escaped to
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Hadi (9) stands before his cinder block shelter in Lebanon, November 2016. Hadi said he enjoyed studying in school before he was forced to flee his home in Damascus, Syria, at the age of five. Clashes between the forces in his neighborhood and then bombings by air were never ending as the family moved from village
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