Syrians work at a factory making traditional Syrian delicacies that is owned by Syrian refugee Mazen Obeido, who fled the conflict in his homeland, in the northern Jordanian town of Irbid on October 28, 2017. AFP / KHALIL MAZRAAWI
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Aromas of orange blossom, almond and coconut waft from the northern Jordan shop of Mazen Obeido, a 42-year-old Syrian who never imagined he would prosper again far from home.Around 200,000 refugees from Syria now live in the town 89 kilometers north of the capital.Jordan hosts about 650,000 people who have fled from neighboring Syria because of the conflict that erupted there in 2011, according to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. According to the UNHCR, more than 80 percent of Syrian refugees in Jordan live below the poverty line.Syria was once a gourmet's paradise, with its barazek – small biscuits sprinkled with pistachio and sesame seeds – its mabrouma baklava rolls and its cheese sweets.In his bakeries and shops where Obeido employs around 100 people, mostly Syrians, his delicacies are created with special implements from his homeland.
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