By the end of 2012, as it neared the end of its second year, the conflict between Syrian rebels and the government had killed tens of thousands of people, sent more than half a million fleeing to neighbouring countries, and left millions more internally displaced, unemployed or otherwise struggling to survive.
More than 30,000 are now living in Za’atari refugee camp, just past the Jordanian border, in harsh desert conditions. Every night, another 200 cross over.
Their lives are marked by cold winters, basic services, and the anguish of remembering those killed or still in danger back home.
IRIN’s latest film, Where the war still echoes, tells the story of Leila and her family, who have recently arrived in Za’atari camp.
Syrian child refugees who work – culture or coping mechanism?
Not-so-open-borders for Syrian refugees
How not to build a refugee camp in the desert
Anguished relatives fear for the missing
The refugee minefield
The mounting Syrian refugee crisis
Why Syrian refugee children miss out on education
Early marriage – a coping mechanism for Syrian refugees?