By the end of 2012, as it neared the end of its second year, the conflict between Syrian rebels and their government had killed tens of thousands of people, sent more than half a million fleeing to neighbouring countries, and left many millions more either internally displaced, unemployed or otherwise struggling to survive. More than 30,000 are now living in Za’atari refugee camp, just past the Jordanian border in harsh desert conditions. Every night, another 200 cross over. Their lives are punctuated by cold winters, basic services, and the anguish of remembering those killed or still in danger back home. Where the War Still Echoes tells the story of Leila and her family, who have recently arrived in Za’atari camp.
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Related: IRC: Syria displacement crisis worsens as protracted humanitarian emergency looms (PDF); The Graun: Syrian women and girls allege use of sexual violence in civil war; RefInt: “Refugees cite the prevalence of rape as one of their primary reasons for fleeing Syria”; Chatham House report: Into the Quagmire: Turkey’s Frustrated Syria Policy (PDF); Lyse Doucet: Syrian refugees endure plunging temperatures