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Syria: "The war was outside my door"
January 24, 2013
By The IRC
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|Syrian refugee children in their temporary home in Berkayel, Lebanon|
Photo: Peter Biro/IRC
“The war was outside my door. My children looked out the window every day and watched dead bodies thrown in the garbage pile across the street. One day, they saw their uncle shot to death outside our home. I told them not to look out the window anymore.
It didn’t help. When they raided the house next door, we could hear the rape of my neighbor, my friend. And then they arrested my brother and tortured him for days. …… We were too afraid to go out. But then they forced their way in, beat my husband and threatened to arrest him. From under a table, my children watched and screamed. We had to flee.”
—a 28 year-old woman from Dara’a, Syria who is now a refugee in Irbid, Jordan. As many as 20,000 Syrian refugees have crossed into Jordan in just the last few days, said Jordanian officials on Wednesday.
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