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Noor Shakfeh stands with Syrian children at a refugee camp near the Syrian-Turkish border.
Florida Matters: Spring Break in Syria

Spring break in Florida is something many college students look forward to, but two University of South Florida students opted to leave the Sunshine State for an environment where sounds of roaring fighter jets, missiles hitting the ground and heavy gunfire are just "background noise."

Khalid and Noor Shakfeh, brother and sister, traveled to war-torn Syria last month to deliver humanitarian aid to refugees. The siblings joined the Syrian American Council (SAC) on a relief trip with a group of people between the ages of 17 and 29.

The team brought with them $107,000 in relief aid they’d collected ahead of time to put toward humanitarian assistance including baby formula, food, and building a water irrigation system.

They talk with WUSF’s Maryam Saleh about their journey and what they saw inside the Syrian refugee camps.

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Noor ShakfehNoor Shakfeh, a micro-biology and economics major at USF
Khalid ShakfehKhalid Shakfeh, a USF freshman studying to be a neurosurgeon
Maryam SalehMaryam Saleh, a USF Mass Comm graduate & WUSF intern

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