Syria entered its 7th year of war in March 2017, which has killed over 500,000 Syrians and displaced more than 5 million civilians, beyond half of the country's population.

 
Neighbouring Lebanon became the unwilling host for 1.5 million Syrian refugees (official count by UNHCR, although the net estimate is over 2 million). In a country of a population of 4.3 million, such a huge influx of refugees is causing palpable tensions.


Around 90% of these refugees are in debt, which forces parents to resort to difficult decisions like having to pull their children out of school, sending them to work cause they can't afford to feed their families anymore. Even though they are out of the war zone now, they have to fight for their lives more than ever.
 
The following series of portraits of children, teens, families and elder refugees, were captured in one of the many refugee camps scattered around Zahlé (which fittingly means 'moving places' in Syriac), the capital and the largest city of Beqaa Valley, some 52km away from the Syrian capital of Damascus. 

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The following portraits were taken during our days filming stories about Syrian refugees in Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey. They invite the viewer to reflect upon the realities so many people are forced to face on a daily basis.

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