Thirteen-year-old Amani has been living in Al-Zaatri refugee camp in Jordan only for a few days, after fleeing with her family from her home in Daraa, Syria. She left with eight other family members, many of whom are young children.
Amani is just one of the thousands of refugees fleeing the bloodbath back home, but not everyone in her family made it across the Jordanian border safely. Her mother was a martyr caught in a bomb explosion. She was hit by shrapnel and died.
"She was everything (to me) -- she brought us up, and died. She would take us wherever we wanted to go, I was the one most attached to her," Amani said.
In Daraa, Amani and her family were plagued with shelling every night before they fled. The rebel Free Syrian Army finally helped Amani and her family escape to Jordan and to the refugee camp.
The regime of President Bashar al-Assad asserts that it is fighting terrorists, but for another refugee camp resident, 22-year-old Rasha, it's a much different story.
"My cousin was out at a demonstration after Friday prayers and was killed by a sniper" Rasha said.
The Jordanian government has reported more than 140,000 Syrian refugees are already in Jordan. The United Nations is trying to improve the refugees' bleak conditions by housing 100,000 in the camp.
The refugees live in packed tents that barely protect from the heat. Dust creeps in constantly. Refugees must trek across the hot dry desert to gather food and supplies.
Meanwhile, the sand whips and stings, making it hard for people to see and even breathe in these harsh conditions. Every day, more and more refugees arrive from Syria, creating overcrowding in a camp where shelter, water and electricity are scarce.
All of the agencies in charge of the camp say they are doing everything they can to improve the conditions here, but the loss of family members and blistering desert climate have proved to be very difficult for many refugees trying to adapt.
For many young refugees the Syrian military has taken away their childhood. For Amani, it happened the moment they took away her mother.
"We cried, we cried a lot, they buried her and what happened, happened. God bless her soul" Amani said.