Clockwise from left: Abdel-Karim in Lebanon; Tawil in Greece; Haji in Iraq; and Faouri in Jordan.
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BEIRUT: They are as old as the Syrian war: Five-year-old Syrian children growing up as refugees in foreign, unfamiliar places far away from home.Some were born in Syria but along with their families fled war and siege soon after.None will have any recollection of what Syria was like before the war. On the fifth anniversary of the Syrian war, the Associated Press met with 5-year-old Syrian children and their parents in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Greece. The family now lives in a refugee settlement in Qubb Elias, in the Bekaa Valley.Every now and then he finds freelance work as a Turkish-Arabic translator and as a real estate agent, mostly for Syrians living in Istanbul. He hopes to take his family to the Netherlands one day, where he says there are fewer refugees than Germany. MARIA AL-TAWIL, GREECEMaria was born just four months before the war broke out. Her parents, former oil field worker Izhak al-Faouri, 34, and schoolteacher Doaa al-Faouri, 26, fled to Jordan after airstrikes drove them out of their homes in the village of Sheikh Miskeen. Her mother Doaa dreams of returning and raising Tala in Syria. Izhak and Doaa teach their children about their homeland, which none of the children remember, through old photos, stories and daily voice and video calls to relatives inside the war-ravaged south of Syria.
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