Syrian Refugee Crisis: Western Bekaa
5 March 2017

Western Bekaa Valley

وادي البقاع الغربي

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(1) Portrait of Soraya outside of her home in a camp near Joub Janine. Characteristic facial deq (tribal tattoos) visible on her chin. Lebanon. September, 2016. 

(2) Abdel Hakim’s most prominent tattoos read غدار يازمن ‘Life is perfidious’ and ‘Majroheen’ مجروحين – ‘We’re hurt.’ Unlike much of the Middle East, tattoos are common in Syria. Abdel Hakim is a Syrian residing in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Marj, Lebanon. September, 2016.

(3) Abdel Hakim and his two wives and children in their home in the Bekaa Valley. Marj, Lebanon. September, 2016.

(4) Fahed فهد in a camp outside of Marj. Lebanon. September, 2016.

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(5) Aya and friends laugh outside of a home in a camp near Marj. Lebanon. September, 2016.

(6) Syrian man in a camp near Marj. Lebanon. September, 2016.

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(7) Portrait of a family from Raqqa, Syria, inside of their tent near Joub Janine. Lebanon. September, 2016.

(8) A Syrian woman eats a meal in a camp near Marj. Lebanon. September, 2016.

(9) Aya. Lebanon. September, 2016.

(10) Portrait of a Syrian man outside of his home near Joub Janine. Lebanon. September, 2016.

(11) Portrait of Radwa in a camp outside of Marj. Lebanon. September, 2016.

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(12) Syrian kids from Raqqa in a camp outside of Joub Janine. Lebanon. September, 2016.

(13) See previous.

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(14) “I never thought I’d have to think about what to feed my family,” said Mohammed, a nurse from Raqqa, Syria. Out of his 7 children, one was killed, and two of his daughters were taken by ISIS in exchange for safe passage to freedom for the rest of his family. Now, in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, his 13-year-old son Ahmed (see right), formerly a student at the top of his class, struggles to remember how to write his own name. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

(15) Portrait of Mohammed’s son Ahmed. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

(16) Portrait of Mohammed’s wife Maryam. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

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(17) Portrait of Mohammed and his family. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

(18) Inside of Mohammed’s home. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

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(19/20/21/22) Scenes from a camp near Marj. Lebanon. September, 2016.

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(23) Jusoor is an NGO founded by Syrian expats aimed at empowering Syrian youth. In Lebanon, this goal is achieved by providing education for refugees at unaccredited schools in three locations throughout the country. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

(24) Children are seen practicing the names of colors. The kids in this classroom were given overly simple tasks. Like many children who have escaped Syria, they are struggling with psychological trauma. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

(25) Portrait of a Syrian girl during recess at Jusoor’s Bekaa school. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

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(26) Children line up during recess at Jusoor’s Bekaa school. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

(27) Portrait of 11-year-old Thair at Jusoor’s Bekaa school. Thair is re-learning the names of colors. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

(28) See image 26.

(29) Recess at Jusoor’s Bekaa school. Joub Janine, Lebanon. September, 2016.

Special thanks to Jusoor Syria.