The abandoned school where Syrian families are taking refuge, in West Bekaa, Lebanon.

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Seven Syrian refugee families live in this house, which is 37 people, 15 of them are children. All the families are from Deraa, Syria, they arrived in August 2012.  The huddle around the stove heater which is being heated by wood instead of fuel oil as it is too expensive,  in their temporary accomodation in West Bekaa, Lebanon. The home has three bedrooms, one bathroom, and one kitchen. None of the adults have found work, mainly because the Bekaa area depends on agriculture, which has ended for winter. They have been receiving some donations from local shops and neighbours, but are struggling with the cold, and food.

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Fatimeh Abdallah, arrived December 2012-  "We used to live normally until they bombed very close to our home. We left as quick as we could, we brought nothing with us. My parents used to tell us how hard it was to leave Palestine, now I really understand what they felt when I left Syria. I feel humiliated asking for help, I don't like being talked down to, or the way we're being treated here. When our children are ill, we don't have 10,000 L.L for medicine we just have to pray they don't get sick"
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Mohamammed Saleh Sakil, from Syria, in the classroom where he lives, in the abandoned school where Syrian families are taking refuge, in West Bekaa, Lebanon.

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Syrian refugees in the Mouvement Social center to register for aid, in Bourj Hammoud, Beirut 
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Zeena, from Halab, Syria (left) waits for doctors to treat her two children in the town Roueissat, in the Jdeideh area of Lebanon, at the St Antoine's Dispensery. She has been in Lebanon for two months, and gave birth to her daughter 20 days ago. "I haven't closed my eyes in 24 hours, taking care of my children"

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Administration staff at charity Mouvement Social register Syrian refugees in Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon
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Nabil Rahim, head of public relations at Irtiqaa Radio 98.5 FM station, in Tripoli Lebanon. 

Rahim stated the overwhelming influx of Syrian refugees is affecting Lebanese. Lebanese newlyweds are unable to find appartments for rent, and unemployment among Lebanese has risen as Syrians are being hired as cheap labour

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A Syrian refugee in the kitchen of her temporary accomodation in West Bekaa, Lebanon. 17 Syrian refugees live in this house, all of them are from Idlib, Syria. 

The home has not had any water for three days, and the home is being given by an 88 year old Lebanese woman who is not charging them rent. 

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A young Lebanese fighter who had been fighting against the Assad regime in Homs, Syria "to protect the oppressed" sits in his hometown of Tripoli, Lebanon. 


Before he went to fight in Syria, he was an ambulance driver. 

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Hills in Arsal which lead to the Syrian-Lebanese border, approximately 10,350 Syrian refugees are currently in Arsal, Lebanon

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Ahmed Flety, the Deputy Mayor of Arsal, draws a map of how Syrian refugees enter Lebanon in Arsal, Lebanon. 

He had a huge influx between the 13th and 18th of October, in one day Arsal received 112 families.

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Five people live in this room (right) which has a separate kitchen, they have three blankets between them with no heating, barely any electricity, and bugs fall from the ceiling, and have been here for a month. The rent for this room a month is $200. 

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Three year old Syrian refugee from Artouz, Syria, is lit by candle light due to electricity shortage as he sits in his temporary accomodation in West Bekaa, Lebanon. Five people live in this room which has a separate kitchen, they have three blankets between them with no heating, barely any electricity, and bugs fall from the ceiling, and have been here for a month. The rent for this room a month is $200. 

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Israa, 13, and her younger sister Hanin, 3, stand infront of Israa's drawing of her Syria, in the classroom where her family lives in the abandoned Mdoukha School where Syrian families are taking refuge, in West Bekaa, Lebanon.

 Israa lights herself and her sister with a portable light due to power shortages at the school, they also have no heating which is a worry as winter has begun in Bekaa.

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Aisha, from Halab, Syria has been in the Shatila Palestinian camp in Beirut, Lebanon for two months. She watches her mother-in-law cook, who fled separately, two and a half months ago. There are currently a family of 10 who share this room and cook with a portable gas stove.    


There has been an influx of Syrian refugees taking refuge in the Palestinian camps in Beirut. 

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There are currently a family of 10 who share this room and cook with a portable gas stove. The family from Halab, Syria has been in the Shatila Palestinian camp in Beirut, Lebanon for two months. They have cooked potato fries, cauliflower, and aubergines for lunch.     


There has been an influx of Syrian refugees taking refuge in the Palestinian camps in Beirut. 

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Hussein, nine, from Sayyed el Zareb, Syria, looks through this notebook where he has drawn army tanks, and fighting in Syria,  while sitting in his living area which he shares with seven other people in the Shatila Palestinian camp in Beirut, Lebanon. Hussein and his family arrived to Lebanon two months ago which took two hours by car and five hours walking and are currently living on day to day meals


There has been an influx of Syrian refugees taking refuge in the Palestinian camps in Beirut.

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Rawiya Ibrahim Moussa, has two young children, only brought a few pieces of clothing and her wedding album.

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Painting classes at charity Mouvement Social, classes include a mix of Iraqi, Kurdish, and Syrian refugees in Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon
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Jaylan Ali Hassan, 14, a Syrian refugee, plays with her friends in charity Mouvement Social in Bourj Hammoud. Since joining the education program, Jaylan has become happier and more confident 
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Four day old Najah, a Syrian refugee, in her temporary accomodation in West Bekaa, Lebanon. Seven families live in this house, which is 37 people, 15 of them are children. All the families are from Deraa, Syria, they arrived in August 2012. Najah was delivered by a doctor which was paid for by local neighbours. 

Children are going to school but are falling behind because of the different teaching methods taught in Lebanese schools. None of the adults have found work, mainly because the Bekaa area depends on agriculture, which has ended for winter.  

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Imam, 9, and Ahlab, 9, from Idlib, Syria, in their room where two families which consist of 13 people sleep, in Sabra Palestinian camp in Beirut, Lebanon. 

They both hope to go back to Syria. There has been an influx of Syrian refugees taking refuge in the Palestinian camps in Beirut. 

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Shatila Palestinian camp in Beirut, Lebanon. There has been an influx of Syrian refugees taking refuge in the Palestinian camps in Beirut.

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Manahel and her son Mohammad, Rukan, Nisreen, Ali, Nahjeen, and Jaylan, Syrian refugees from Hallab in their temporary home in Bourj Hammoud, Lebanon.

Nisreen (holding two children), had a three-storey home, many of their relatives had died in shelling, “we had to identify their bodies, they had limbs and organs missing a lot of the time. I couldn’t handle picking off flesh from my balcony from the bombings anymore” 

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A 22 year old Lebanese Syrian smuggler stands infront of his home in Arsal, Lebanon. He smuggles, "everything" from weapons, civilians, fighters, and food, into the Syrian town, Joosy. 


He was a farmer before the Syrian revolution began. "It's good to cross into Syria when it's foggy, no one sees you".

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