Conditions in the Yarmouk refugee camp of Damascus, Syria, are “beyond inhumane,” as one UN official put it. ISIS fighters besieged the camp on April 1st, trapping its remaining 18,000 residents with no food, water or medical supplies. This, after more than two years of the Syrian government’s siege of the camp. As fighting between ISIS, the Syrian army and rebel factions within the camp drags on, the people of Yarmouk continue to suffer with no end in sight.
As the Syrian crisis enters its fifth year, an estimated 4 million people have fled the country due to fighting. The United States has taken in 584 refugees as of March 11, 2015. AJ+’s Dena Takruri talked to Um and Abu Gasem in Sacramento, California, about their new lives in the U.S. and the memories they left behind in Syria.