More than 4 million Iraqis have fled their homes since the Iraq War began in 2003. An estimated 1.2 million have taken refuge in Syria.
In our Worldfocus original video, Charity Tooze reports on a family of Iraqi refugees struggling to survive in Syria, where they have no legal right to work.
The father, a gold medal-winning Para-Olympian, was forced to take his family out of Iraq when militia groups moved into their neighborhood in 2006.
This video is an excerpt from a multimediadocumentary project about the plight of Iraqi refugees that freelance journalist Charity Tooze is launching this summer.
Listen to Worldfocus Radio: Iraqi Refugee Crisis.
And see more multimedia work by Charity Tooze.