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Syrian women tour UK with ancient Greek play

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>> The wave of your misery.>> Men killed in conflict, women refugees awaiting their fate, and adaptation of Euripides' great anti-war play now touring the UK with an all female cast from Syria. Euripides said there is no greater sorrow than the loss of one's land. I'm Reuters reporter Leone Winhurst at the Young Vic in London, where over the next five nights, a group of 13 Syrian refugee women will be performing an adaptation of Trojan Women.
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Now the laments of the women of Troy grieving the loss of their husbands, their homes, resonate deeply with these victims of a modern war. For the women, the play is deeply personal, each revealing her own suffering. Reem left her home in Damascus after a nearby massacre.>> It was Ramadan and we were having our supper and they start just bombing.
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And we heard the sound of the shooting and then the sound of how it fly over our heads and the sound of the destruction. And I didn't sleep that night. I wasn't feeling afraid when we left our home, but at that night, I cried. I felt that we're gonna die.
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>> For director Zoe Lafferty, it was bittersweet to find the ancient Greek play so apt to tell the Syrian crisis.>> In a way it's a bit disappointing that this piece that was written, you know, years and years and years ago actually is so relevant now. And in a way you would hope that we had grown as a humanity.
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And I think it's a really important reminder that we have a lot of work to do.>> Five years of conflict in Syria has killed hundreds of thousands of people and driven 5 million from their homes.>> These women, now exiled in Jordan, say they hope to change views on refugees.
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A classical tragedy with a message for our time.