Middle East

  • Dom in Damascus garden, date unknown.
  • Dom blacksmith, Syria, ca. 1900
  • Dom entertainers at Bedouin wedding, Syria, date unknown.
  • Syrian Dom Refugees at Gaziantep, Turkey
  • Syrian Dom Refugee Campsite, Şanlıurfa, Turkey
  • Syrian Dom refugee tent, Karkamış, Turkey
  • Preparing dinner
  • Coffee Break
  • Syrian Dom child
  • Syrian Dom child
  • Elderly woman
  • Piggyback
  • Dom refugees, southern Turkey
  • Dom refugees from Syria, Gaziantep, Turkey
  • Dom family group, Gaziantep, Turkey
  • Dom Youth

The Dom: Syria's Forgotten Refugees

Published March 21, 2013

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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