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Syria approaches five years of conflict

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 01:57

As Syria approaches the five-year mark of its bloody conflict, one Syrian family continues to wait in a Jordanian refugee camp for a chance to finally go home. Mana Rabiee reports.

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Back in 2012, Syrian Huzaifa Hariri was among the first people to marry in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp. It was bitter sweet. He and his bride had hoped to marry in Syria, but the shelling in his neighborhood in Deraa grew worse and the couple fled. They thought they would eventually go back..... ...never imagining they'd still be here at the fifth anniversary of the war. The Syrian conflict started as peaceful protests in 2011 but escalated into an armed uprising against President Bashar al Assad before turning into all-out civil war. Within a few years, Syria's opposition groups were overtaken by Islamist groups, notably Islamic State, which has taken control of huge swaths of the country for its caliphate. At least a quarter of a million people are dead and 14 million thought to be in desperate need of help. Some 4 million others fled Syria, nearly a million and a half of them taking refuge in Jordan. But it's not 'home' - not for Harriri's father, Ahmad. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) HUZAIFA'S FATHER, AHMAD HARIRI, SAYING: "Having your family surround you in Syria is special, the familiarity, the lifestyle, everything was different. What can I say…" (TEARS UP) Hariri's two young children were born in the camp. The family, among 85,000 Syrians who take refuge here. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE, HUZAIFA HARIRI, SAYING: "My dream is to go back to Syria, and raise my children there - to live in the land of our grandfathers, for my children to live in the land of goodness." But despite ongoing peace talks, the conflict is unresolved... Harriri's dream unlikely to become reality any time soon.

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Syria approaches five years of conflict

Friday, March 11, 2016 - 01:57