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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon

John Vink

The Syrian war has triggered a 1,5 million refugee flow towards Lebanon, starting in 2011. Since 6 years the burden is immense on the country with 6 million people, and despite efforts by the UNHCR, living conditions for many are difficult. Scattered in camps with shelters in the Hezbollah controlled Beqaa Valley or in empty garages or buildings under construction elsewhere, the refugees face a bleak future as long as the civil war rages on in their country. Especially when, as quoted by a refugee in Baalbeck: ’Only poets and singers feel with us, the others listen but don't care’.

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