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The Dom: Syria's Forgotten Refugees

The Dom are believed to have migrated to the region from India in Byzantine times, through Iran and into Syria, Lebanon, Jordan and beyond. Like so-called "Gypsies" in other regions, Syrian Dom live on the margins of the rest Syrian society, which regards them with suspicion, if not all-out loathing. Dom have traditionally provided musical entertainment at weddings and other special occasions, worked as blacksmiths, fortune tellers or tattoo artists.
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Dom in Damascus garden, date unknown.
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Dom in Damascus garden, date unknown.

Dom blacksmith, Syria, ca. 1900
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Dom blacksmith, Syria, ca. 1900

Dom entertainers at Bedouin wedding, Syria, date unknown.
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Dom entertainers at Bedouin wedding, Syria, date unknown.

Syrian Dom Refugees at Gaziantep, Turkey
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Syrian Dom Refugees at Gaziantep, Turkey

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