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With men out of work, Syrian women become sole providers

Syrian women have had to find a way to face the hardships of being refugees and still find a way to provide for their families.
Syrian refugees shop with their humanitarian aid vouchers at the Al Zaatari refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria March 11, 2015. Nearly four million people have fled Syria since 2011, when anti-government protests turned into a violent civil war. Jordan says it is sheltering around 1.3 million refugees.  REUTERS/Muhammad Hamed (JORDAN - Tags: CIVIL UNREST CONFLICT SOCIETY IMMIGRATION FOOD) - RTR4SZBV

AMMAN, Jordan — Farah slams the office door in tears, running down the stairs, through the parking lot and onto a hill overlooking downtown Amman. The 18-year-old tucks her headscarf in as she glares at the darkening sky, her father and brothers’ bickering still echoing in her mind.

Farah’s father hasn’t worked since their family left Homs in 2012. Barred from employment in Jordan, he watches the news all day, cursing the television scenes of Syria’s destruction until Farah’s brothers tell him to shut up. Ahmad, 17, has changed jobs three times in the last four months, making 13 Jordanian dinars ($18) a day for manual labor in restaurants and metalwork shops. Tamer, 15, doesn’t go to school either. He spends excess energy in fights with their father, pent up in the rented office they’ve turned into a makeshift home.

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