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When 9-year-old Ilaf Hassun drew a picture of her home she scrawled a simple house, trees and clouds with smiling faces.Hassun and her family are living with nearly 3,000 other people – 1,000 of them under 12 years old – in Yayladagi refugee camp, a former tobacco factory converted by the government just across the border from Syria in eastern Turkey. Her father works illegally in Turkey and rarely visits.She plays with the other children, but her artwork points to the mental scars borne by her and many of the 2.3 million Syrian refugees living in Turkey, more than half of them children. In November, Turkey's disaster management agency urged displaced Syrians to stay in camps in their own country, rather than crossing to Turkey.Many Syrian children in Turkish camps dream not of Europe, or even staying in Turkey, but of returning to their homes.
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