International Affairs

The Arab Awakening and Middle East Unrest

Muhammad Hamed/Reuters - Syrian refugees shop with their humanitarian aid vouchers at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria on March 11, 2015. Nearly four million people have fled Syria since 2011, when anti-government protests turned into a violent civil war. Jordan says it is sheltering around 1.3 million refugees.

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Four years on, Syria’s refugees search for a future

March 17, 2015, Tamara Cofman Wittes

The Syrian uprising began four years ago. Tamara Cofman Wittes reports on her recent trip to the Zaatari Refugee Camp outside Amman, Jordan. Established two years ago, Zaatari is no longer a short-term shelter for those fleeing the butchery of the Assad regime, and its shift to semi-permanence reflects the longevity of this horrible war, which has already displaced half of Syria’s population and threatens to consume a whole generation.

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