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Syrian refugees resettle in a former shopping center in Lebanon

Friday, Aug 02, 2013 - 01:19

Aug. 2 - A female Syrian refugee in Lebanon says ''We try to forget our neighbors' names,'' as she resettles in a former shopping center in Lebanon, now home to nearly 1,000 refugees. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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This former shopping center in northern Lebanon is now home to nearly 1,000 Syrian refugees. It's been a tough journey for many fleeing their war torn country. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE FROM HOMS, UM MOHAMMED, SAYING: "We came here with no money. The first thing we did was search for a place to live. That was the most important thing. Then -- little by little -- we started to figure out how to live and eat. We found this center and moved here." While children appear to be adapting it's a struggle for some adults. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE FROM HOMS, UM MOHAMMED, SAYING: "We are afraid to call people and not find them. We try to forget our neighbors' names. If we see someone from our neighborhood, we run away from them. We must forget the names. Worries and problems have gathered in our heads. Our minds have became like computers... we need to format everything - make sense of it - and then reset it. This is what has happened to our minds." More than 660,000 refugees have registered or are waiting to register in Lebanon. In the last four months alone, the number of registered refugees in the region has doubled.

Syrian refugees resettle in a former shopping center in Lebanon

Friday, Aug 02, 2013 - 01:19

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