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crossing jordan by David Brunetti


A Jordanian soldier waits for Syrian refugees to approach the border.

As the civil war in Syria enters its third year, a steady stream of civilians continues to flood Jordan through official and unofficial border crossings as they flee ongoing violence.

Many feel safer crossing in the dark, but it remains a risky journey by day or night. The Free Syrian Army whisks them to the border. On the other side Jordanian army watchtowers keep a close eye on Syrian troop movement. The moonlight guides them as they walk among the sand and rocks. They make their way by foot carrying what they can. It’s a dangerous and tiring journey.

The refugees arrive exhausted, scared and traumatized. Bundled in their arms are infants swaddled in thick blankets, jars of olives, plastic bags and suitcases jammed with clothing and other odds and ends.

With their border ordeal over, exhausted families gather together in army tents as they wait for the registration process before they are transported to temporary shelters.

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