After his return to Syria, Adeeb, right, plays football for Aleppo’s Itihad team, one of the top teams in the country. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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Desperate to escape Syria's terrors, Ammar Maarawi bolted.Two years later, the 36-year-old is back home in Aleppo. He returned last summer – depressed, homesick and dreading another winter, he couldn't bear life in the German city of Suhl.European countries and Turkey do not track whether Syrians leaving are returning home.The UNHCR has observed some 68,000 refugees who returned on their own from neighboring countries from January to October 2017, the most recent figures available, according to spokesman Andrej Mahecic. He said the number of returnees is dwarfed by those remaining in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey and Europe, and those still leaving Syria.Turkey, home to 3.5 million Syrian refugees, seized a pocket of territory in northwest Syria along the countries' shared border last year. From Jordan, home to 650,000 refugees, only around 8,000 Syrians returned home in all of 2017, according to UNHCR figures. Some had resettled in third countries or had died, but a few thousand returned home.One woman, Umm Wissam, told the Associated Press she returned to Syria in August after six years in Jordan.
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