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From the eyes of Syrian refugees

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 01:16

March 15 - As Syrians mark the second anniversary of the uprising that has descended into sectarian war and left 70,000 dead, refugees in camps along Lebanon seem more concerned with their material despair. Mana Rabiee reports.

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The two-year mark. In Syria's second city, Aleppo, hundreds observed the second anniversary of their uprising earlier this week. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN PROTESTER, ABU WISSAM, SAYING: "We have given many martyrs, and we are willing to sacrifice more martyrs. We will not be satisfied until we have a just Islamic nation that conforms to the ballot box and to the will of the people." In this refugee camp in Tripoli, Lebanon, Syrians dismiss questions about the uprising. Instead, they talk about their material despair. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE, ABU SLEIMAN, SAYING: ''We have four families in every tent, the size of the tent is 3 by 4 meters, there is not enough space for four families in it, the children are crowded.'' The UN says it's the children who suffer the most. These boys are among the one million Syrians displaced in the conflict. The trama of war follows them to this Tripoli classroom. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE CHILD, HUSSEIN, SAYING: "I saw our bread seller getting beaten with a hammer on his head... his brains lay next to his head.'' The conflict seems stuck in a diplomatic and military stalemate, with the international community for now remaining on the sidelines.

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From the eyes of Syrian refugees

Friday, March 15, 2013 - 01:16