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Syrian girls dream of a bright future

Updated 1556 GMT (2356 HKT) February 23, 2016
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Photographer Meredith Hutchison of the International Rescue Committee asked Syrian girls who are refugees in Jordan what they want to be when they grow up. Here's what they said and how they picture themselves in the future.

Rama, 13. Future job: Doctor -- "Walking down the street as a young girl in Syria or Jordan, I encountered many people suffering -- sick or injured -- and I always wanted to have the power and skills to help them. Now as a great physician in my community, I have that ability. Easing someone's pain is the most rewarding aspect of my job."
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"Since I was a young girl, I loved taking people's photographs. I loved going to different events and documenting what was happening -- both the good and the bad. Now, as a professional photographer, I use my images to inspire hope in others -- to encourage love and understanding." Meredith Hutchison/IRC
"I have always wanted to help children, and this is what drove me to be a pediatrician. I am kind and loving, and therefore an excellent doctor that children can trust." Meredith Hutchison/IRC
"Ever since we studied the solar system in primary school, I have wanted to be an astronaut. I would imagine myself up in the sky discovering new things. In this society my path was not easy -- many people told me a girl can't become an astronaut. Now I have achieved my goals. I would tell young girls with aspirations not to be afraid." Meredith Hutchison/IRC
"In this image, it is the early morning, and I am waiting in my classroom for my students to arrive. I teach younger children to read and write Arabic. I am strict, but I go out of my way to gently help those students who are having difficulties." Meredith Hutchison/IRC
"In this image, I am in the future and a well-respected physician at a major hospital in Syria. I am asking a patient about her pain and helping her to get better. My mother was born and raised in a village and didn't go to school, but as a young girl, I had the opportunity to learn and grow into a great doctor." Meredith Hutchison/IRC
"I love planes. Even before I had ever been on a plane, I knew I wanted to be a pilot. Now, not only do I get to live my dream, but I also get to help people travel, to see the world and discover new places." Meredith Hutchison/IRC
"In this image, I am a popular painter, working on a landscape in oils. My hope is that my artwork inspires peace in the world and encourages people to be kind to one another." Meredith Hutchison/IRC
"Our neighbor in Syria had a pharmacy, and when I was younger I used to go next door and help. As the war started, I watched this pharmacist help the injured. When I saw this, I knew that this was an important job and what I wanted to do." Meredith Hutchison/IRC
"I want violence against women to end. I want women to be able to make decisions for the community ... without fear. I want our society to open up and give space for women to be whoever they want to be. ... Now I am a respected lawyer working on women's rights and defending women who are victims of domestic violence." Meredith Hutchison/IRC