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Jordan

Fawaz Rarhail Turkey, 59

Syrian refugees from Homs now living in Al Mafraq, Jordan

After the army forced their way into our homes we were afraid for our children's safety and decided to flee the country. There were snipers everywhere; we saw them all the time. Syrian soldiers killed four of my neighbours and my brother was killed along with eight other people hiding in the bathroom of a nearby house.

The first thing we did was to move to another area within Homs. One day we were attacked and all the families went to hide in the mosque, we stayed there for two hours and then a pick-up truck came and asked if we wanted to leave to a safer place. 20 of us went with the driver to Kara Shumshum. Then we moved to Biyda. By the end of the week we were in Hama.

There I met a man who had a minibus and he agreed to take eight families to the border, 45 people in total. We traveled to Deraa and then the FSA (Free Syrian Army) helped us cross the border at night. We started walking at 8pm and arrived at 1am, at that time there were 150 people including elderly and children and we were afraid we would be targeted. The Jordanian army was waiting for us at the border. We were taken to a transit camp and treated well. After three days we came here to an abandoned house. We feel secure and can sleep safely, not like in Syria. I was interviewed yesterday by an international NGO and they asked if I wanted to be resettled in another country. I said no, I will return to my country when the regime falls, we have no hope to return until then.