Brothers Yaser, left, and Mohamed Jamous, of the Palestinian-Syrian hip hop band "Refugees of Rap," pose in Paris, January 19.
AFP / Philippe Lopez
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Staccato lyrics may be no match for Bashar Assad's military firepower, but two brothers, who fled to Paris from Syria and perform as "Refugees of Rap," find sniping with words a liberating experience.The duo were born and raised in the Yarmouk camp on the outskirts of Damascus, which was once home to 160,000 people – including Syrians – but has been ravaged by fighting.Yaser and Mohamed left Syria in early 2013 as fighting for control of the camp intensified.The brothers created "Refugees of Rap" in 2007 with two friends, an Algerian and a Syrian.They penned "The Age of Silence," "Haram" ("Forbidden"), which is about the horrors of the war, "Aysheen" meaning "We Live," and "Corruption in the Country".They had completed eight tracks for the second album when they began receiving anonymous threats on social media.During fighting in Yarmouk in 2012, bombings destroyed the group's recording studio. Their younger brother was then jailed for 40 days for an unknown reason.
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