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Tough lives for Syrian refugees

08-20-2012 13:45 BJT Special Report:Crisis in Syria |

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Eid Al-Fiter is the most important day of the year for Muslims. It is meant to be a day of family reunification and celebration. But for Syrian refugees who have fled to neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon, It’s the most depressing Eid Al-Fiter ever.

It should be a day of celebration and family reunification. Until daily bouts of violence ruined that.

Syrian refugee children walks with bags of toys from humanitarian organizations
during Eid al-Fitr at Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near
the border with Syria, August 19, 2012.

It’s estimated that over 150, 000 Syrians have become refugees in neighbouring Jordan and Lebanon. And although safe, their lives are not much better. A great number of them rely on help from charities.

A Syrian refugee said, "So many people have died. There is no Ramadan, especially for those who lost their loved ones. We have lost everything."

In addition to the psychological trauma, the bad living conditions and lack of food and water in the refugee camps all add to their misery.

Syrian refugees women shout slogans against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad during
a visit by French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius at Al Zaatri refugee camp in the
Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, August 16, 2012.

In Beirut, there are a few "lucky" Syrians, who’ve managed to find a job there. Yasir is one of them. He now works as a doorkeeper in a local apartment building. However, his tiny salary is not enough to make a celebration out of Eid Al-Fiter.

Yasir, Syrian refugee in Beirut, said, "We have limited income, and it really costs a lot to celebrate, buying new clothes, food and drink. As a matter of fact, we don’t have enough money for that at all."

But despite all the difficulties, Yasir is very optimistic. After all, staying with family members safely together is the best blessing.

Syrian refugee children play with toys from humanitarian organizations during Eid
al-Fitr at Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border
with Syria, August 19, 2012.

A Syrian refugee woman washes clothes during Eid al-Fitr at Al Zaatri refugee camp in
the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria, August 19, 2012.

 

Editor:Zhang Dan |Source: CCTV.com

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