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Six years on: Syrians who fled the war reflect on life in Sweden

Published onsdag 15 mars 2017 kl 16.39
Nour: The Swedish people accepted us as we are
(6:52 min)
Ibrahim (left) holding a microphone. Nour (right) sitting on a couch.
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Ibrahim (left) when he was working for an opposition TV station in Dubai. Nour (right) at her home in Stockholm Credit: Private and Spenser Bomholt/SR
Family photo of Syrian refugees after coming to Sweden.
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Nour Rashdan and her family in Sweden. Credit: Private
Ibrahim with a camera around his neck standing with his wife in the Syrian desert.
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Ibrahim and his wife in Syria before the war. Credit: Private

Six years ago today, pro-democracy protests broke out in Syria. The events sparked a bloody war that caused millions to flee, among them Nour Rashdan and Ibrahim Muhanna.

Those first demonstrations in March 2011 grew into nation-wide unrest calling for the resignation for Syrian President Bashar al-Assad.

The war that followed has led to the largest refugee crisis in the twenty-first century. Almost 5 million Syrians have fled and more than 100,000 of them have been granted asylum in Sweden, among them Nour Rashdan and Ibrahim Muhanna.

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