Refugees from war and persecution speak of hopes for 2016

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Recent refugee from Syria Sandy Khabbazeh poses for a portrait while holding a photo of her family who remain behind in Syria, in Oakland, N.J.  Picture taken November 22, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

Recent refugee from Syria Sandy Khabbazeh poses for a portrait while holding a photo of her family who remain behind in Syria, in Oakland, N.J. Picture taken November 22, 2015. Photo courtesy REUTERS/Carlo Allegri

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Those who fled are grateful to be alive. Yet, said one, "2016 may be different in some ways, but the truth is the trauma remains."