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CSSH students up close and personal with the Syrian refugee crisis

Some 4.6 Syrian refugees, like the ones seen here, have fled their war-torn homeland

It was summer 2014 and a group of CSSH stu­dents were in Jordan on a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram. The stu­dents were working to bring some sem­blance of relief to the lives of Syrian refugees in the country, hun­dreds of thou­sands of whom had fled their war-​​torn home­land.

It was summer 2014 and a group of North­eastern Uni­ver­sity stu­dents were in Jordan on a Dia­logue of Civ­i­liza­tions pro­gram. The stu­dents were working to bring some sem­blance of relief to the lives of Syrian refugees in the country, hun­dreds of thou­sands of whom had fled their war-​​torn home­land. As part of the faculty-​​led study abroad pro­gram, the young human­i­tar­ians had trav­eled from the country’s cap­ital of Amman to Mafraq, a city located just six miles west of the Zaatari refugee camp, and now they were painting a school, planting a garden, playing soccer with some kids.

We did what we could at the time,” polit­ical sci­ence pro­fessor Denis Sul­livan recalled, “and stu­dents got an up-​​close and per­sonal look at the crisis.” But Sul­livan, who was leading the dia­logue, was not sat­is­fied, knowing that much more could be done to trans­form the lives of the dis­placed. He had led a dia­logue to Jordan in each of the past three years, watching closely as more and more refugees flooded into the country. And now he was moti­vated to tackle the worst human­i­tarian crisis in the world today, a crisis that has claimed some 4.6 mil­lion victims.

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