Fleeing war, Syrians make a new life in New Jersey 'They' aren't some impersonal civil war, or Western imperialism, but the Assad régime. ' "They were using barrel bombs and heavy artillery in the fighting. We lived in a situation where we could be detained at any moment without warning." The girls are old enough to remember living in fear in Daraa: being sent to shelters when the shelling began, and of keeping a daily tally of deaths. "Of course we are lucky to be here," Fatin says. "Imagine how our children lived under rockets and bombardment. But we see how much our families there are still suffering." '