Some Syrian Kurds fear other forms of oppression if they return home [Hosam Salem/Al Jazeera]

Sanliurfa, Turkey – When her son Anad disappeared at a checkpoint in 2012, Umm Laund feared he was never coming home.

Five days later, Anad walked back into the family home in Hassakeh, Syria; by then she had made up her mind.

Convinced that her son and his cousin, Chavan, had been arrested by armed opposition fighters because they have Kurdish names, she knew she had to pack up and move the family across the border to Turkey.

“I knew I had to leave for the sake of my four children,” the 57-year-old told Al Jazeera. “If I had stayed, I might have lost him again, but this time

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