Fawaz Rarhail Turkey, 59, from Homs, Syria, pictured with his family outside a derelict house in Al Mafraq, Jordan, which they moved into after leaving Syria.
"The army forced entry into our homes and we became afraid for our children so we were forced to flee our country. We lived with Alawite people for 32 years but recently they changed their attitude toward us and attacked us. There were snipers everywhere, we saw them. Six months ago the army came into our house and they asked me if I was against the regime, they took me and my sons and accused us of being terrorists. 4 of my neighbours were killed by the Syrian soldiers, after that my brother was killed along with 8 people in the bathroom of a house.
The first thing we did was to move to another area within Homs. One day we were attacked and all the families went to hide in the mosque, we stayed there for 2 hours and then a pick-up truck came and asked if we wanted to leave to a safer place, 20 of us went with him to Kara Shumshum then we moved to Biyda and to Khaldia, to Kassarah, to Haswieh, all within 1 week. At the end of the week we were in Hama. We stayed in Hama for 17 days and then we moved to Jordan.
In Hama I met a man who had a micro-bus and he agreed to take 8 families to the border, 45 people in total. We traveled to Deraa and then the FSA (Free Syrian Army) helped us cross the border at night. We started walking at 8pm and arrived at 1am, at that time there were 150 people including elderly and children and we were afraid we would be targeted. There was co-ordination between the FSA and the Jordanians and the Jordanian army were waiting for us at the border. We were taken to a transit camp and treated well and then a Jordanian man came and agreed to be a guarantor for my family so we could stay in the country. After 3 days we came here to an abandoned house. We feel secure here and can sleep safely, not like in Syria. I was interviewed yesterday by an international NGO and they asked if I wan