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syrian refugees in the neighboring countries

Two years on, the conflict in Syria rages on, pushing thousands of Syrians into neighboring countries.
January saw the highest number of refugees entering Lebanon; over 38,000 registrations took place across the country.
In Lebanon there are no camps. Refugees move into villages like in the Bekaa Valley.
The local people are welcoming. But as the influx grows, so do the needs.
This man, whose identity we are protecting, fled the fighting in Homs after his house was bombed.
SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Mohamed, Syrian refugee:
“I came from Homs, when I arrived I registered with UNHCR. The first month they gave us $100 coupons for fuel, the second time I also got jerry cans for fuel. This month we got mattresses, food coupons and hygiene kits.”
The UN refugee agency, UNHCR and its partner the Danish Refugee Council provide monthly aid packages to the refugees.
The World Food Programme (WFP) hands out food vouchers so refugees can buy food in the local markets.
This mother and her six children from Homs live with a host family in Al Fakiha.
SOUNDBITE (Arabic) Salma, Syrian refugee:
“We came here six months ago to escape the situation back home. We registered with UNHCR and they gave us food, blankets. With the coupons, I buy sugar, rice, tea, lentils and bread.”
Many families rely on this assistance. They arrive in Lebanon with no money or quickly use up their savings.
Alongside these distributions, UNHCR is running a pilot project, giving families access to about 240 US a month through ATM cards.
If successful the project will be expanded, helping both the refugees and their hosts.

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