The Zaatari refugee camp near the Syrian border in Mafraq, Jordan, is home to about 120,000 Syrians who fled the nearly three-year war still gripping the nation. A D.C.-based artist, Samantha Robison, is leading children haunted by the conflict to paint buildings and walls with murals.
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A Syrian refugee girl removes paint from her hands after finishing work on a mural on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
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Syrian boys make a public bathroom look like an aquarium. Most of the trailers and tents match the beige color of the swirling sand surrounding Zaatari.
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Samantha Robison poses in front a mural painted by young Syrians. "So many children are bored in Zaatari," Robison told the AP. "They just throw rocks because they have nothing else to do."
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Syrian refugee children peer from the window of their classroom, newly decorated with a mural. The wall is covered with several Arabic sayings and poetry that encourage people to seek knowledge.
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Just over half the refugees in Zaatari are under the age of 18. It has become the second largest refugee camp in the world and is Jordan's fifth largest populated city.
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Young Syrian refugees stand in front of a mural that says, "This is our bathroom."
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A general view of the Zaatari refugee camp on Jan. 30, 2013.