11 Heartbreaking Messages From Syrian Refugees To The World

“I want the life I had back,” — Huda, 11.

1. In September, American photographers Robert Fogarty and Benjamin Reece, photographed Syrian refugees living in a camp in Jordan.

Huda was burnt when her house in Syria was hit by a bomb. She now lives in the Zaatari refugee camp in northern Jordan. She is 11.

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2. Fogarty’s Dear World project, which started with photographic love notes to New Orleans, captures people sharing messages of their struggles and hopes to family, friends and strangers.

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3. More than 2 million Syrians have been forced out of the country since the civil war began two years ago.

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4. Around 6,000 Syrians are being forced to escape from their country every day.

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5. More than half of all Syrian refugees are under the age of 18.

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6. More than 5 million Syrians will be forced to flee their country by the end of 2014, according to the United Nations.

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7. This is the worst refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide 20 years ago.

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8. At least 120,000 Syrians now live in Jordan’s Zaatari camp, making it the country’s fourth largest city.

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9. Most refugees live in appalling conditions lacking basic food, shelter and medicines.

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10. “We hope these pictures with their simple messages make the world sit up and take notice,” said Salam Kanaan, the director for CARE, a global humanitarian organization assisting Syrian refugees.

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11. Fogarty said: “This is the human face of the Syrian war. These people are just like us. They have dreams and fears. They want to protect their families, have a roof over their head and have hopes for a brighter tomorrow.”

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Tasneem Nashrulla is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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