Tuesday 20 February 2018

Refugees make perilous journey to reach border

Kim Sengupta in Idlib, Syria

THE Kalashnikov was held in nervous, shaking hands. The face above peering into the gathering darkness was drawn and tense. The guard for the refugees, barely past his teens, was on anxious alert for the pursuing forces of the regime.

Sitting and lying in huddles behind young Fouad Al-Habsi, with only the branches of trees and clumps of bushes for cover, were the most recently dispossessed in Syria's bloody conflict. Exhausted and fearful, uncertain of the future, they were trying to reach the relative safety of the Turkish border.

We had chanced across the group north of Ghassaniye after going into Syria through a smugglers' route from Turkey.

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