Members of the Palestinian-Syrian hip hop band "Refugees of Rap", brothers Yaser (L) and Mohamed Jamous, pose in Paris on January 19, 2017. / 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 Yarmuk camp for Palestinian refugees on the outskirts of Damascus, which was once home to 160,000 people -- including Syrians -- but has been ravaged by fighting.Their grandfather fled to Syria from Haifa in 1948 when the state of Israel was created.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, and were one of the first such groups to emerge out of Syria.The brothers work on their language skills by listening to French rappers.But on stage, they get around the language barrier by reading translated lyrics and then leading the audience in chants of the Arabic chorus before each track.
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