A glimpse into Syria’s displaced millions

According to U.N. estimates, 2 million people have left Syria since the beginning of its civil war in 2011, with another 4 million being displaced from their homes and still seeking refuge within the country’s borders.

One such displaced family told their story, refusing to use their full names for fear of reprisal as they seek safety within the walls of ancient ruins.

Abu Ahmad’s family is among dozens of people who have found shelter amid a cluster of lichen-covered ruins outside Kafer Rouma, in one of several dozen ancient settlements that dot northwestern Syria. The ancient buildings — usually houses, churches and baths — date from the 1st to the 7th century and were abandoned as trade routes changed.

On a recent day, Abu Ahmad held a bottle filled with a greenish liquid to feed his baby daughter. It was water mixed with herbs because there was no milk, he said. There was also no running water and no electricity. Basic food and medicine were lacking.

“I pray to God to curse this pig [Assad] for making us live in caves like in the ancient times,” said a woman, also named Fatima, who said she fled to the ruins with her seven children. “Look at us,” she said, giving only her first name out of fear.

Read and see more over at Framework.

Photos: Associated Press

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