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October 2, 2012
Syrian refugees talk of pain and fear

A woman loses her children, her husband and both legs. A penniless family is forced to flee from Syria back to Iraq. Camps are overflowing with people and with bitterness, and refugees are living in limbo without passports.

As war rages in Syria, the stream of refugees into other countries shows no sign of stopping. More than 100,000 people fled Syria in August alone -- about 40 percent of all who had left since the uprising against President Bashar Assad began last March. And the United Nations refugee agency said Thursday that the number of people escaping Syria could reach 700,000 by the end of the year.

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Rada Hallabi, 4, who is sick with diabetes, lies on a blanket in a refugee camp on the border with Turkey, near Azaz village, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. AP / Manu Brabo
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A displaced Syrian woman and her grandson in a refugee camp In the border with Turkey, near Azaz village, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. AP / Manu Brabo
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A displaced Syrian woman is seen between some tents in a refugee camp at the border with Turkey, near Azaz village, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. AP / Manu Brabo
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Syrian boys play near a refugee camp on the border with Turkey, near Azaz village, Syria, Sunday, Sept. 30, 2012. AP / Manu Brabo
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A Syrian refugee, who fled her home from Darya due to fighting between rebels and government forces, carries her baby as she waits to be registered at the UNHCR, in Baalbek, east of Lebanon, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012. There are more than 65,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon living mostly in northern Lebanon and in the country's eastern Bekaa region. AP / Bilal Hussein
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A Syrian woman, who fled her home due to government shelling, constructs a makeshift tent made of sheets, as she and her family take refuge at Bab Al-Salameh crossing border, hoping to cross to one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian family, who fled their home due to government shelling, take refuge at Bab Al-Salameh crossing border, hoping to cross to one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz on Thursday, Sept. 13, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian man who fled his home in Marea 23 days ago, due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, sleeps on a bed, as he and his family take refuge at Bab Al-Salameh crossing border, hoping to cross to one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian man, who fled his home due to government shelling, holds his son as they take refuge at Bab Al-Salameh crossing border, hoping to cross to one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Basel Baradan, an 18-year-old farmer who fled his southern restive border town of Daraa, Syria with his family in July, wipes his eyes as he speaks during an interview at the Zaatari Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan on Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2012. Jordan now hosts 200,000 Syrians, the largest number of refugees of any neighboring country. AP / Mohammad Hannon
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A Syrian refugee woman walks with her children at Zaatari Refugee Camp in Mafraq, Jordan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. AP / Mohammad Hannon
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Syrian refugee Omm Ghazal, 46, from Daraa, cooks for her family inside their tent at Zaatari Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. AP / Mohammad Hannon
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A Syrian refugee boy carries a water jug to his family's tent at Zaatari Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, Saturday, Sept. 8, 2012. AP / Mohammad Hannon
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Syrian Fatimah Abdullah, 29, who fled her home in Marea 15 days ago, due to Syrian government shelling, sits next to her fourday-old twins, Ahmad and Bayan, who were born in a Turkish hospital and brought back with her to the border where they take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Syrians who fled their homes due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels line up to collect water from a tanker as they take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian boy, Ali Fareed, 8, who fled his home with his family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, lies on the ground waiting for a doctor's arrival to check on him as he suffers from food poisoning, outside a makeshift clinic, at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Syrian Ruwa Bazara, whose family fled their home 15 days ago due to Syrian government shelling, waits for her mother to continue giving her a bath as she and her family take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian girl, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and rebels, rests on a bench while taking refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near Azaz, Syria, Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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An elderly diabetic Syrian woman, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the Rebels, lies in a bed at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing on Friday, Sept. 7, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Syrians, who fled their homes due to fighting between the Syrian army and the Rebels, swipe the ground at the spot where they are taking refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Amjad Al-Saleh, whose family fled their home in Marea 11 days ago due to Syrian government shelling at their house, is comforted by his mother as he suffers from food poisoning, as they take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Syrian wa'd Ismael, 8, bottom center, who fled her home with her family in Marea 11 days ago due to Syrian government shelling in their neighborhood, washes her family's laundry in a tub, as she and others take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian girl, bottom center, who fled her home, due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, waits her turn to buy bread and eggs from a store, as she and others take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Monday, Sept. 3, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian refugee woman makes tea in front of her tent at Zaatari Refugee Camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, Sunday, Sept. 2, 2012. AP / Mohammad Hannon
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A Syrian girl, Aya Abdulhay, 5, who fled her home in Aleppo with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, takes refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian man, who fled his home in Aleppo, due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, carries his son while going to collect water from a tanker, as they take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Friday, Aug. 31, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian patient, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, reacts as a doctor prepares an injection at a makeshift clinic, at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing on Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Syrians, who fled their homes, due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, collect water from a tanker, as they take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian boy, who fled his home with his family due to fighting between the Syrian government troops and the rebels, lies on the ground under a mosquito net, as he and his family take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian girl, who fled her home with her family in Marea, due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, looks back while standing next to her family whose taking refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Mohammad B., a refugee from Daraa, Syria, poses for a portrait in Cairo, Egypt on Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. . He fled Syria for his life in May 2011 after he was shot in the face and badly wounded in his hometown of Daraa, the birthplace of the uprising against Bashar Assad's rule. AP / Maya Alleruzzo
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Monther Khaled, 7, from Daraa, Syria, poses for a portrait two days after crossing in to Jordan along with his family, at the Zaatari refugee camp in Mafraq, Jordan, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2012. AP / Mohammad Hannon
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A Syrian refugee woman carries her infant while washes the family clothes at Zaatari refugee camp, in Mafraq, Jordan, Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2012. AP / Mohammad Hannon
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Syrian children, who fled their homes with their families due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, wait to receive food, as they take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Syrian girl, Regab Al-Hajji, 12, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian government forces and the rebels, walks back to her family carrying water, as she and her family take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Tuesday, Aug. 28, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian girl, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, skips with a rope while playing with other children, as she and her family take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian girl, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, looks back while checking her laundry, as she and others take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian girl, Raghad Hussein, 3, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, stands by her family's makeshift tent, while she and others take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Syrian Salam Farrouh, 4, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, holds her doll while playing with other children, as they and their families take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian girl, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, takes refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in her family's preparations to enter one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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A Syrian girl, who fled her home with her family due to fighting between the Syrian army and the rebels, sleeps by her family's belongings, while she and others take refuge at the Bab Al-Salameh border crossing, in hopes of entering one of the refugee camps in Turkey, near the Syrian town of Azaz, Thursday, Aug. 23, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Fatimah Ali, an elderly Syrian who fled her home in Aleppo with her family due to fighting between the rebels and the Syrian army rests at a desk in a school where she and her family took refuge, in Suran, Syria, Sunday, Aug. 26, 2012. AP / Muhammed Muheisen
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Hasna Um Abdou, 38, who lost her legs in a Syrian government mortar shelling, which also killed her two children and her husband in March as they fled their home in Homs, Syria by motorcycle, sits on her bed at a hospital in the northern port city of Tripoli, Lebanon on Tuesday, August 21, 2012. Um Abdou is one of thousands of Syrians who have been wounded in the uprising against Assad and its aftermath. Hundreds of the wounded have been taken for treatment in neighboring countries, mostly to Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan. More than 55,000 Syrians in all have taken refuge in Lebanon, itself a small country of just 3.5 million people that is struggling with instability. AP / Hussein Malla

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