Abdullah works at a sweets shop at a mall in Irbil. (AP Photo/Bram Janssen)
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In Iraqi malls, Syrian women work jobs spurned by localsTwo years after fleeing from her home in Damascus, 22-year-old Rahaf Abdullah is working at a gleaming mall in Iraq's Kurdish region, selling sweets to local women who largely refuse to take such jobs. That has created opportunities for some of the tens of thousands of Syrian refugees and displaced Iraqis who have sought refuge here.Syria's civil war, now in its fifth year, has killed more than 220,000 people and created nearly 4 million refugees, according to the United Nations.But in Iraq's semiautonomous Kurdish region, where a quarter of a million Syrians are living among 5 million Iraqis, refugee women like Abdullah have found decent work.She gets paid around $500 a month – five times what she says she would make in Damascus – to work at Family Mall, a vast shopping mall in the Kurdish regional capital, Irbil.
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