Syria refugees see no end to their exile as strikes loom

Syria refugees see no end to their exile as strikes loom

ZAATARI REFUGEE CAMP, Jordan - Eyes glued to a television news report on Syria in a Jordan refugee camp, Said Salem has lost hope of returning home, where the 30-month war has forced two million to flee abroad.

"The conflict has lasted too long, there is only death and destruction and the world is watching on as a spectator. It must end," says Salem.

Salem is originally from the southern Syrian province of Daraa like most of the refugees in Jordan's Zaatari camp which stretches into the desert as far as the eye can see.

"We spend most of our time watching the news. It breaks our hearts to see Syria ruined and sinking into a civil war while the world sits still," says the father of 11.

As talk of possible US strikes on targets in Syria grows louder, Salem, who lost his right hand in an army raid a year ago, says that he wants an end to the suffering.

"There is no light at the end of the tunnel," he laments.

US President Barack Obama says he is confident he will win congressional approval, as early as next week, for strikes on Syria in response to alleged chemical attacks by the regime on August 21.

"The question that always comes up as I talk with my husband is: are we going to return to our country?" asks Hanan, a mother of four daughters.

"Our children do not go to school, we no longer have a source of income and nobody is helping us," the 38-year-old complains.

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