There are areas like Geramana and Qudsiya that are packed full of Iraqi refugees. Even the public schools in the areas are full of Iraqi children.
A cousin of mine is now attending a school in Qudsiya and his class is composed of 26 Iraqi children, and 5 Syrian children. Most of the families have nothing to live on beyond their savings which are quickly being depleted with rent and the costs of living.
Finally, after all is said and done, we shouldn't forget what this was about - making America safer... If you are, why is it that we hear more and more about attacks on your embassies and diplomats? The mountain distracts me, as it does many Iraqis- especially those from Baghdad.
It took me at least three weeks to teach myself to walk properly again- with head lifted, not constantly looking behind me.
It is estimated that there are at least 1.5 million Iraqis in Syria today. Walking down the streets of Damascus, you can hear the Iraqi accent everywhere.
It’s one of the simpler crossings because the Iraqi and Syrian borders are only a matter of several meters.
You walk out of Syrian territory and then walk into Iraqi territory- simple and safe.