Education is a casualty of war in Syria

Updated 11:11 AM ET, Mon March 30, 2015
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Hiba poses at the CARE urban refugee center where she volunteered. "After working there, I have become more social, and no longer feel isolated. It's not like sitting at home, feeling powerless, losing confidence, wondering what I can do to help my family, to help my people. Instead I feel empowered. I recognize my potential." CARE/Mary Kate Maclsaac
Hiba and her parents lived here, in the northern-most suburb of Amman, where Hiba found an apartment. They are living here until they can return to Syria. CARE/Mary Kate Maclsaac
Hiba, 26, outside the apartment building where she and her parents are staying in a north Amman suburb. Four years ago, Hiba was sitting for exams at university when planes began dropping bombs near her home. She and her parents were forced to seek refuge in Jordan. CARE/MARY KATE MACLSAAC
Hiba with her parents Salim and Hanan, in their apartment. Before he retired, Salim was an engineer and Hanan, a teacher. CARE/Mary Kate Maclsaac
When Hiba and her parents were forced to seek refuge in Jordan, they brought nothing with them but a laptop and two suitcases, shared between the three family members. CARE/Mary Kate Maclsaac
When the family fled, Hiba brought a small collection of photographs. These portraits were made during a holiday when she was 8 years old. CARE/Mary Kate Maclsaac
Hiba's mother, Hanan, looks at a photograph of her daughter the year she graduated from high school. Hiba was just a couple of classes away from graduating from university when the family was forced to leave their home. CARE/Mary Kate Maclsaac
Hiba was a child with dreams of becoming something more than a Syrian refugee. Now she waits in Jordan to find a place in the world to finally finish her college education. CARE/Mary Kate Maclsaac
Hiba crosses a street in the north Amman suburb. She is focused on finishing her education despite being a refugee for the past four years. CARE/Mary Kate Maclsaac