HAURAN PLAIN, Jordan (Reuters) – Under cover of darkness, the young mother steps through the muddy olive groves on the Syrian-Jordanian border, telling her children to hold tight to avoid getting lost in the stream of people fleeing south to safety.
Her lower face covered with a white scarf, she carries a dark carrier bag while a young daughter struggles with a small suitcase containing the few possessions they were able to take from their home a few miles (kilometers) to the north.
Umm Salamah, 27, is part of a surge of refugees pouring into Jordan in recent weeks from the towns and neighborhoods of Syria’s once prosperous fertile southern agricultural lands, escaping a two-year civil war which has killed 70,000 people.
“If it had not been for my kids I would not have left Syria,” says the grief-stricken woman who left behind her husband in the…
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