Nowhere People

Moises Saman / Magnum

New refugees from Syria arrive at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan on Aug. 30, 2012. The camp is made up mostly of women and children

The stories about syria that make the headlines these days — more than two years into the pivotal Middle Eastern country's grinding war — tend to focus on isolated events: The rebels lose the strategic city of al-Qusayr to the government of President Bashar Assad. Syrians show up at a hospital with unusual respiratory ailments, and the rebels allege the government has used chemical weapons. Russia announces it will continue selling weapons to the Assad regime. But in the backdrop to these moments is a tragedy whose steady growth does not lend itself to daily news stories but whose...

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