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Telling the stories of Iraqi refugees in Syria.

One of the things that troubles me most about the refugee situation is how the stories of millions of displaced people are left untold in the public narrative. So I’m glad to see that there are great people and organizations out there working to tell the stories of Iraqi refugees, like the comics artist Sarah Glidden and the Common Language Project, a nonprofit journalism organization. Glidden and other writers from CLP traveled to Syria (as well as Iraq, Lebanon and Turkey) to document and report on the lives of Syria’s community of displaced Iraqis as part of “The Road to Damascus,” CLP’s series on the human impact of the U.S. war in Iraq. Last month, Glidden’s 20-page comic, The Waiting Room was published online at Cartoon Movement. It’s a beautifully told and drawn story of the in-betweenness of life for Iraqi refugees in Syria. For more info on the project, check out this post about it on the Washington Post’s Comic Riffs blog.