Syrian Refugees

Three months into a stubborn rebellion in Syria and the army is changing the game at both ends. The military loyal to President Assad is part of a brutal crackdown while others ordered to shoot civilians that are deserting. And only now are fleeing refugees talking. We share their stories.

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Syrian Refugees - Adnan Khan

As the Syrian military moves north to retake control of the country, troops led by the President's brother, Maher al Assad are leaving behind the bodies of protesters and mutineers who dared to defy Damascus.

The army is also pushing out an advance wave of refugees. As they approach the Turkish border, they're presented with a terrible choice: stay home and risk death, or cross the border and spend who knows how long in a crowded refugee camp.

At least six thousand Syrians have crossed over. So far, it's been mostly men. But more women and children are now peering over the barbed wire frontier and wondering what future to choose.

Canadian freelance journalist Adnan Khan has just returned from a journey to that refugee area in Turkey where he's spoken to a number of people affected by the terrible events in Syria. He joined us from Antalya, Turkey.

Syrian Refugees - Elaine Hagopian

Elaine Hagopian has been watching events in Syria with great concern. She's a Syrian-American and professor emeritus of sociology at Simmons College in Boston, and she's a political interviewer for Arabic Hour TV there. We reached her at her home in Boston, Massachusetts.

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