Portraits of the Syrian Refugee Crisis

More than 13,000 Syrian refugees have embarked on harrowing journeys through the conflict zones in their own country to find safety in neighboring Iraq. Their first stop across the border is the Sehela transit centre where Samaritan’s Purse staff has been present to greet them, help serve a meal, and offer them hygiene and dignity kits, complete with soap, lotion, a toothbrush and toothpaste, feminine products, and other essentials. They have distributed 2,900 of these kits to date.

After less than 24 hours at Sehela, the refugees board buses that take them to a more permanent refugee camp. More than 12,000 people now reside in Bardarash camp—the majority of whom are women and children. While necessities are scarce, Samaritan’s Purse is providing water, sanitation, and hygiene services to ease their burdens. We have repaired over 400 latrines that were previously unusable.

Hear are some of the stories of those families who are seeking safety and a new life.