A Teenager Who Fled Syria

National Public Radio (NPR) and World Vision recently collaborated on a story about the difficulties of refugee families by focusing on one Syrian refugee family in Lebanon. The programs focused on a 15-year-old girl, a stellar student, who is now is forced to work in the fields to help her family survive.

For a profound and detailed look at the price of the war in Syria and its effect on youth, you can listen to the program HERE.


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One thought on “A Teenager Who Fled Syria

  1. Thank you for sharing this. It’s hard to wrap my head around the idea that there are so *many* like Fatmeh. And the man letting them live on his land, working them so hard for such a pittance only to take that small amount earned off of their ‘debt’ to him, it hearkens back to the robber barons here in America who did the same to the black slaves. It’s a stark reminder that war creates both feast and famine – I would like *every* American to read/listen to this story. Maybe it would make some of them reassess their stubborn ideas about the refugees.


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