Dreaming of Syria, by David Brunetti

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Azaraq. Urban refugees. A young Syrian woman.

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Mafraq district. Urban refugees. A Syrian father in his rented home.

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Statement:

Hundreds of thousands of civilians have fled the civil war in Syria for the relative safety of neighboring host countries such as Jordan. They might have escaped the civil war, but when they cross the border, refugees face a host of new challenges. And as the number of refugees increases and the resources to cope with the influx dwindle, many Syrians decide to leave refugee camps—such as Zaatari, which is now infamous for the tremendous number of Syrians it shelters—and settle in Jordan’s cities and towns instead. The refugee crisis in urban areas of Jordan is far less visible, but no less serious than in the refugee camps. Many Syrians are living in unheated or unfurnished apartments, garages, or tents, which are often overcrowded. Many families face increasing debt as they struggle to pay for soaring rent and the rising costs of food, water, and other basic essentials. And with no access to income, their problems will only multiply.

David Brunetti

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