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Rochelle Davis and Michelle Woodward

The Syrian Refugee Crisis Intensifies

[A Kurdish flag waves as Syrian refugees arrive in the Domiz refugee camp in Dahuk, Iraq, Aug. 13, 2012. Image by Khalid Mohammed/AP Photo.]

Over three hundred thousand refugees have fled across Syria’s borders to Turkey, Jordan, Iraq, and Lebanon, according to the latest UNHCR statistics. This number accounts for only those who have registered with the UN or are waiting to register. The UN also estimates that one to one and a half million people are internally displaced within Syria. If correct, then nearly ten percent of the population of the country (twenty-two million) no longer lives in their homes. ...

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Syrian Refugee Photo Essay

[A Jordanian works at setting up the first Jordanian tent camp for Syrian refugees in Zataari, Jordan, near the Syrian border, July 29, 2012. Image by Mohammad Hannon/AP Photo.]

As the crisis in Syria continues to escalate, refugees are fleeing to the surrounding countries in huge numbers. According to the UNHCR, as of August 8 there are over one hundred thirty-eight thousand refugees registered for assistance – roughly fifty thousand in Turkey, thirty-nine thousand in Jordan, thirty-five thousand in Lebanon and twelve thousand in Iraq. Many other displaced Syrian civilians are not registered, and perhaps over one million are displaced within Syria. ...

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Rochelle Davis and Michelle Woodward

Rochelle Davis is an assistant professor of anthropology at the Center for Contemporary Arab Studies in the School of Foreign Service of Georgetown University. She is currently a fellow at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars in Washington DC. She is the author of Palestinian Village Histories: Geographies of the Displaced (Stanford University Press, 2011).

Michelle Woodward is photo editor of Middle East Report magazine and photo consultant to Jadaliyya.