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At Syrian refugee camp in Turkey, wait goes on

Syrian children played in the refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey. It is home to 11,500 people who fled the violence in Syria. Syrian children played in the refugee camp in Kilis, Turkey. It is home to 11,500 people who fled the violence in Syria. (Photo for Washington Post by Liz Sly)
By Liz Sly
Washington Post / July 18, 2012
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In a camp of converted shipping containers surrounded by a barbed-wire fence, 11,500 Syrians spend their days waiting and wondering when they might be able to go home. Most of them fled for their lives in an instant, never imagining their exile would last so long. ‘‘I didn’t bring anything. Just my children and the clothes I am wearing,’’ said Walid Hassan, 50, who ran under fire into Turkey. “We thought we would be here a month at the most.’’ More than a year later, Hassan and his family are still in Turkey, among more than 112,000 Syrian refugees.

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