Every day, an untold number of Syrians make the choice to flee their homeland and a regime that's proven it has few boundaries. Many come to Jordan, where I recently spent several days chronicling their stories alongside the Atlanta-based international aid organization CARE.
When I arrived in Jordan to meet with Syrian refugees, I knew I would hear gripping stories of families fleeing violence that would also reveal how Syria’s civil war has impacted girls.
by Razan, 20-year-old Syrian refugee girl living in Jordan: I remember this time last year well. I was in Syria, and I was happy. This might sound strange, I know.
Leader of global humanitarian organization visits CARE's work, meets Jordan's Queen Rania and Prime Minister
About a year ago, the world started to watch with alarm the growing number of people suffering from a severe food crisis engulfing the Sahel region, which, at its peak, affected more than 18 million people.
"I didn't understand how to save. I'd spend small amounts on nothing," says Mysoon Al Harthy, a 45-year-old Iraqi refugee woman living in Jordan. "Now I have a lot of savings."
The political and diplomatic crisis in Syria have caught the world's attention. But the continuing conflict is also producing a humanitarian crisis: millions of refugees. And the world is only now becoming aware of the scale of the problem.
More than 2 million Syrians have fled their country, according to the United Nations refugee agency. With nowhere to go and often with just the clothes on their backs, many end up in refugee camps that are both overcrowded and overwhelmed.