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Young refugees bear the brunt of the Syria’s civil war

Young refugees bear the brunt of the Syria’s civil war

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MAFRAQ, Jordan (AP) — Gathered on the desert floor, the Askar family chants prayers for their 1-year-old daughter Jawahir, who died of malnutrition and is buried beneath the sands of their informal refugee camp far from their Syrian hometown.

“She was born in a camp and buried near the camp,” her father Mohammed Askar recounts, still in anguish over her Feb. 24 death. “I wish the circumstances were different and I could have saved my daughter, but we are poor and powerless and we have only God with us.”

Of the 4 million refugees who fled Syria’s grinding civil war, it is the conflict’s youngest exiles, like Jawahir, who often bear the brunt of its woes.

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Men’s Fashion Week, ‘Go Set a Watchman’ release, La Vigie performance art | July 14

Men’s Fashion Week, ‘Go Set a Watchman’ release, La Vigie performance art | July 14

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Makeshift camps in Jordan house Syrian refugees

Makeshift camps in Jordan house Syrian refugees

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Dozens of small, makeshift tent settlements have sprung up across Jordan, home to thousands of Syrian refugees who don’t want to live in large, government-supervised refugee camps but can’t afford to live in towns and cities.

Aid officials say those in the makeshift camps are among the most vulnerable of close to 625,000 Syrians who fled to Jordan and have registered with the U.N. refugee agency.

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