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Listen To These Syrian Children Tell The World What's Really Happening

As we've been talking about Syria here at Upworthy, we've been struck by its complexity and just how much information there is to take in. One thing we wanted to be sure to highlight is the voices of Syrian people, the children on the ground, the human beings living through this. This is about them, and we want you to hear these voices yourself.

Listen To These Syrian Children Tell The World What's Really Happening

The video above is the story of Syrian children from the Zataari refugee camp in Jordan.

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