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In Syrian Crisis, Social Media Offer Small Comforts

Mohamed al-Refai sells mobile phones at a shop in the market in Za’atari, a sprawling desert refugee camp that houses more than 80,000 people near Jordan’s border with Syria. Over the roar of one of the generators that are the camp's main source of electricity, al-Refai said he uses Facebook to keep track of the news and WhatsApp to keep track of his family. “They move from one place to another,” he said. “But when the fighting begins, again they are forced to move to yet...

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