Six years on, Syrian people share stories of hope for the future
In response to the ongoing violent conflict in Syria, which has caused the death of more than 00,000 people and displaced millions of Syrians, JRS is helping refugees build new lives.

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    Syria: update on the situation in Damascus
    22 February 2018 - The Jesuit Refugee Service (JRS) is profoundly concerned by the violence being visited upon the civilian populations of Damascus and the Eastern Ghouta area in Syria.
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    Syria: When hope returns – Amena’s story
    Homs, 11 September 2017 - Amena, a thirteen-year old girl, is typical of so many other children her age and younger, who belong to what is regarded as a “lost generation”.
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    Iraq: Determined to build a new life
    Erbil, 02 May 2017 - There is a steely determination in Zozan. As you listen to this 25-year old woman, you know she will go places. She shares what she would like to do most in life: to learn new languages and to travel to distant lands. 
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    Lebanon: ‘I want the children of the world to hear my story'
    Baalbek, 24 April 2017 - Randa is a courageous woman that has braved all odds. Over the years, she has seen and experienced hunger and deprivation, bombardments and suffering, destruction and death. Randa, however, is not one to be defeated. She has an indomitable spirit. 
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    Lebanon: The FVDL Centre encourages Roula to pursue her dreams
    Bourj Hammoud, 13 April 2017 - “I want to do everything,” says Roula coyly but with a sense of determination. The ‘everything’ seems to be the mission statement of the life of this vibrant fourteen-year-old girl.
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    Iraq: Becoming self-reliant
    Erbil, 1 April 2017 - Avin has turned her back on the hate and violence, which she and her family have had to experience for a good part of the war in Syria since 2011.  Avin was born and brought up in a Kurdish town of Qamishlo in north –east Syria, not far from the Turkish border. These past years have been very difficult for the inhabitants of the town.
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    Jordan: Dreaming a future in a foreign land
    Amman, 28 March 2017 - Al Marekh is a suburb of Amman in Jordan. Today it is home to several refugees from Palestine, Iraq, and Syria. Rentals for accommodation are not as high here as in the central areas of the city, but they keep escalating every year.
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    Lebanon: Finding home in a new place
    Jbeil, 27 March 2017 – Nada and Zakiya, two teenage Syrian refugee girls, share their stories of flight and finding a new home in Lebanon.
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    Jordan: A ray of hope
    Al-Hussein, 24 March 2017 - ‘Aisha’ is a special name in the Arab world and has a range of meanings from ‘she who lives’ to ‘philosophical one’. When Aisha was born eighteen years ago in Homs in Syria, she was a gift to her parents. As she grew up, she had dreams and hopes for a good education, a happy family, and a comfortable and prosperous life.
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    Lebanon: School allows students to dream of the future
    Bourj Hammoud, 22 March 2017 – My name is Mariyam and I am from Syria. I was born on July 11th, 2000 in Idlib, Jisr El Shughour. I studied up to first grade in Idlib. I was very young when I had to leave my classes and my relatives to move to Damascus, Duma, because of my father’s work. We were surprised by what we found. 
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