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Fleeing Syrian families face added trauma of separation

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As dusk falls on an isolated part of Jordan’s border with Syria, a family with a few possessions shuffles into the relative safety and a new life in exile.

Intasar has arrived with her daughter in law, two daughters and grandchildren.
They say they were driven out by the fighting in their home country.

“We tried to stay in our house. It was near the check point. We moved into another house in the center of the village...and the nearby houses were targeted by missiles.”

For their driver, in a small truck, Abu Taha, it was one of a many similar trips over recent months.

“Some are afraid of the strikes so they leave their villages. Others have had their homes destroyed and have no shelter,” Taha says, who has been driving up to a thousand refugees across per day according to the United Nations refugee agency the UNHCR.

The agency filmed the crossing of Intasar and her family to illustrate one sad aspect of the massive outflow of Syrian refugees to neighboring countries, that of separation of families.

Intasar’s son said a brief good-bye to his mother before heading back into Syria with Taha. He was returning to home to try to protect home and possessions.

The growing Syrian refugee crisis was highlighted on Friday during U.S. President Obama’s visit to Jordan, where he announced an extra $200 million to help Jordan cope with refugees.
As part of international funding to the Syrian crisis, U.S. President Barack Obama announced in Amman on Friday an aid package of $200 million for Jordan to help the kingdom cope with the influx of refugees fleeing the deadly violence in Syria.

Obama told a joint news conference with King Abdullah II that he would ask the U.S. Congress to provide the funds as “budget support” to aid Jordan in providing for the refugees, who the monarch said now numbered more than 460,000.
The United States is already the largest single donor of humanitarian aid for the Syrian people.
Obama said that the extra money, if approved by Congress, will help provide more humanitarian assistance and basic services.