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How is Lebanon Dealing with the Massive Influx of Syrian Refugees?

This post is part of our special coverage Surviving in Syria

"A classroom at a school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon near the border with Syria. 280 students attend," tweets  Derek Stoffel (@DerekStoffelCBC)

“A classroom at a school for Syrian refugees in Lebanon near the border with Syria. 280 students attend,” tweets Derek Stoffel (@DerekStoffelCBC)

Lebanon is now home to about one million Syrian refugees – or around a quarter of its own population.

In a series of tweets, Josh Wood, a freelance journalist based in the Lebanese capital, Beirut, shares with us this story, which he says “sums up how bad relations are between the Lebanese and the massive number of refugees” in the country:

He continues to explain:

Earlier tonight, Wood tweets another snippet of the ordeal some refugees face in Lebanon:

Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt puts it in black and white:

Altogether, some two million Syrians have fled the war in their country to neighbouring countries, mostly Lebanon, Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, over the past 30 months. Millions more are believed to have left their homes to other areas within Syria to escape the conflict.

Meanwhile, Syrian activist Amal Hanano says Syrian refugees should be helped to return to their homes. She explains:

This post is part of our special coverage Surviving in Syria

  • Anonymous

    These are individual cases that mean nothing really. I mean this boy sleeping in a box??? Is that your argument? The policeman cutting the ball in half??? that is so weak. If you haven’t realized these refugees are a liability to our economy and raise our crime rate. Basically during the Lebanese civil war we were not flocking to Syria and causing them problems, we stood and we fought like they should have! If only we could deport this filth from our godforsaken country

    • joeyayoub

      As a fellow Lebanese, I can only say to whoever is reading that not all of us have sunk so low as to call innocent men, women and children “filth”. You should be ashamed.

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