Ayaman with his wife, Selma, and their 1-month-old daughter, Shana, who was born in Turkey. Syrian refugee parents who give birth in Turkey are finding it difficult to register their newborns, and many are stateless. Jodi Hilton for NPR hide caption

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A Mercy Corps warehouse is filled with hygiene kits for distribution in Syria. Deborah Amos/NPR hide caption

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Rebel fighters drink tea on the front line of Ramouseh, near the Aleppo Artillery School. President Obama has requested $500 million to arm and train "moderate" Syrian rebel groups. Hosam Katan/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A United Nations vehicle carrying inspectors from the Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons leaves a hotel in Damascus last fall. Louai Behara/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Women walk past election posters of Syria's President Bashar Assad on a Damascus street on Monday. Despite the civil war, the election will be held Tuesday in areas controlled by Assad's government. Assad became president after his father's death in 2000 and is assured of winning a third seven-year term. Khaled al-Hariri/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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A Syrian policeman patrols the ancient oasis city of Palmyra in March. Many Syrian antiquities have been looted and smuggled out of the country during the past three years of civil war. Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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