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A line of despair as Syrians find refuge in Lebanon

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 - 01:24

Nov. 19 - An estimated 6,000 people flee the southern town of Qara into Lebanon as the Syrian army advances. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.

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The line goes on as far as the eye can see. They have been forced from their homes in war torn Syria. Now they are in Lebanon and they are refugees. For many home is now a hall which has been converted into a shelter. . (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN MAN, MOHAMED, SAYING: "We are 15 families squashed up here, but there are 65 families in the whole building. We are sleeping on the bare floor with nothing. The kids need milk, and food, but there isn't any. We left our home with just the clothes on our backs. We couldn't bring any food, clothes or blankets." For children it's already been a lifetime of war. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN MAN, MOHAMED, SAYING: "We hope other countries will help us so we can go back home and to put an end to this crisis. As soon as they hear the sound of planes or missiles, the children get terrified and cry. So many kids are dying of fright and from hunger." Last Friday forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad launched an assault on the southern town of Qara. They now claim the town. More than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict. Many more have lost everything -- including hope.

A line of despair as Syrians find refuge in Lebanon

Tuesday, Nov 19, 2013 - 01:24

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