Monday November 30, 2020

The hidden Syrian diaspora

As many as 1.2 million Syrian refugees have fled to Lebanon, a country with a population of just four million, writes Niamh Fleming-Farrell.

7th September, 2013
A Syrian family entering Lebanon through the Masnaa border post last week: there are now an estimated two million refugees from the conflict, the majority of them having fled to Lebanon. Photo: Getty

Late last week, the United Nations refugee agency announced the "grim" milestone of two million refugees of the Syrian conflict, but Hajjaj Fahim Khaled and his wife Amina weren't among those counted.

It's 9pm on Thursday and the pair are sitting on a flattened cardboard box beneath a busy overpass at the Cola intersection, a transit hub for buses and taxis travelling between the Lebanese capital Beirut and the country's south and east.

Amina smokes....

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