Hidden Lives - The Untold Story of Urban Refugees (2/43)

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Syrian refugees, Ihsan, 28, and her cousin, Sammia (left), pictured on a rooftop in Al Mafraq, Jordan. They had crossed the border into northern Jordan 3 days earlier after fleeing the increasing violence in Syria.<br />
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Words of Ihsan: "We left our house 3 months ago because there was a lot of shooting and bombing in our area. We went to the grasslands around Homs and moved from place to place. We had a tent and moved 6 or 7 times, drinking water from the springs and receiving food from the local people. My family contains 8 people and  we traveled with 4 other families, we were always afraid of the army finding us. <br />
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After 15 days I returned to my house to get clothes for the children and found everything there destroyed. There were soldiers everywhere in the streets around my house. Two huge men stopped me and pointed their guns at me and questioned me about my husband; I said he was dead. When I got to my house it was destroyed, one side was missing and everything was stolen. The men had followed me and when I left I was shot at, a bullet went past my ear and I ran. I saw many dead bodies on the street, men, women, and children. <br />
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We decided to move to Jordan because the situation was becoming very bad in the country. We moved south from place to place sometimes walking and sometimes by bus. We slept in the open or if it was cold we pitched our tent, when we got to Deraa the Free Syrian Army helped us to cross the border. There was a crowd of around 90 people and we walked together across the countryside and sometimes when the Syrian Army spotlight was shining we had to duck. We gave the children medicine so they would sleep and not make noise. I am 7 months pregnant but I wasn't worried about my baby because I am used to being in this situation. I have been in Jordan for 3 days and I feel safe and calm, there are no sounds of bullets or bombs".
Syrian refugees, Ihsan, 28, and her cousin, Sammia (left), pictured on a rooftop in Al Mafraq, Jordan. They had crossed the border into northern Jordan 3 days earlier after fleeing the increasing violence in Syria.

Words of Ihsan: "We left our house 3 months ago because there was a lot of shooting and bombing in our area. We went to the grasslands around Homs and moved from place to place. We had a tent and moved 6 or 7 times, drinking water from the springs and receiving...
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