As the so-called Arab Spring swept across the Middle East, bringing an end to the rule of autocratic leaders in Tunisia, Egypt, and Libya, emboldened Syrians took to the streets in March of 2011, calling for government reforms and the ouster of President Bashar al-Assad. Al-Assad’s government responded swiftly, gunning down protesters in cities throughout Syria. Enraged by these killings, more Syrians joined the protests, using violence themselves against government forces. The government countered with even more force, creating a cycle of violence and setting the stage for an all-out civil war.
This has led to a protracted war and unfathomable human suffering and death. Approximately half of prewar Syria’s citizens are now displaced from their homes, and many of those who remain live in constant fear of impeding death.
What began as a trickle of refugees from Syria in 2011 became a flood as the war has dragged on. Neighboring countries like Turkey, Lebanon, and Jordan have seen their populations swell as desperate Syrians seek refuge inside their borders. In this book, Katrina Hoover and Rosetta Byers share the results of their interviews with Syrian refugees living in Lebanon and Jordan.