A boy walks past hand-basins in a refugee camp set in the Bulgarian town of Harmanli, south-east of Sofia, on November 27, 2013. Bulgaria, the European Union’s poorest member, has been overwhelmed by the arrival this year of almost 10,000 refugees — 60 percent of them Syrians fleeing civil war — crossing over illegally from Turkey.
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Beirut, Lebanon | November 16, 2013
As the war in neighbouring Syria drags on for a third year, Lebanon, a country of only 4 million people, is now home to the largest number of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict. The situation is beginning to put huge social and political strains on Lebanon as there is currently no end in sight to the war in Syria.
According to the United Nations, almost two million Syrian refugees have been forced to flee their homes due to the ongoing war. Of those, around half are believed to be children. Lebanese officials estimate there are 1.4 million Syrians in the country, including 800,000 registered refugees. While there is no official data on the number of children and adults working on the streets Lebanon, it is estimated that it could be anywhere from 50,000 to 70,000. In wealthy districts of Beirut children and adults are viewed on nearly every block begging, looking through trash or offering pedestrians a shoe shine.
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1) Fatma, a Syrian woman from the city of Idlib, begs with one of her two children. 2) Wallid, a Syrian refugee from the city of Daraa, displays his hand while taking a break from shining shoes. 3) A Syrian woman from the city of Damascus begs with her daughter in a wealthy district of Beirut. 4) A Syrian boy waits for customers in a wealthy district of Beirut.5) A Syrian woman from Kafer Hend sells chewing gum. 6) Mohammad, a Syrian boy from the city of Daraa, collects metal scrap to sell. 7) A Syrian woman sells lottery tickets. 8) Saad, a Syrian teen from the city of Raqqa, collects metal scrap to sell. 9) A young Syrian girl sells lighters in a wealthy district of Beirut. 10) A Syrian woman from Aleppo begs for money.
Syrian Refugees in Majdal Anjar, Lebanon | November 11, 2013
"As the war in neighbouring Syria drags on for a third year, Lebanon, a country of only 4 million people, is now home to the largest number of Syrian refugees who have fled the conflict. The situation is beginning to put huge social and political strains on Lebanon as there is currently no end in sight to the war in Syria.”
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Syrian Refugees in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon | September 2013
The days are long at the al-Faour settlement in Lebanon. Women draw on cigarettes to help pass the time, their faces haggard and sunburned. Children play outside their tents in bright, ragged clothes and worn-out shoes. Lebanon, a tiny country of about 4.5 million, now officially hosts more than 700,000 registered refugees. There are likely many more. At al-Faour in eastern Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, about 200 refugees live together in tents pitched near the Syrian border. They offer no protection from Lebanon’s sizzling summers and its freezing winters. There is barely any running water and no electricity.
Photos taken by Associated Press photographer Nariman El-Mofty
While covering the Syrian refugee crisis earlier this year, the photographer Elena Dorfman was drawn most strongly to the teen-agers, who “all talked about missing out on lives, on futures that now seem lost.” Take a look at a powerful audio slide show featuring a small fraction of the population disproportionately affected by the war: http://nyr.kr/1aVzFXA
Photographs by Elena Dorfman.
A Syrian refugee woman carries water on her head that she collected from a nearby village as she returns to where she is residing in the ancient Byzantine-Christian city of Serjilla, in the Jabal al-Zawiya region of Syria on October 8, 2013. Serjilla, which has been deserted for over 1500 years, is situated in an elevated area of limestone known as Belus Massif and is known as being one of Syria’s “Dead Cities” or “Forgotten Cities”, a group of 700 abandoned settlement in the northwest area between Aleppo and Hama, which date back to fifth century.
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Syria | October 3, 2013
1. A warning is pasted on a wall on a street in Duma neighbourhood in Damascus. The paper reads “Do not gather here, there is possibility of shelling” (William Ismail/Reuters)
2. A child wears a mask as he stands along a street in Deir al-Zor, eastern Syria. (Khalil Ashawi/Reuters)