BERUIT — Refugees are everywhere on the streets of downtown Beirut.

Women and children in filthy clothes beg for money on nearly every street corner. Countless young boys tote shoeshine kits, persistently following foreigners and wealthy Lebanese who pass by. “Min Sooriya” they say, meaning “from Syria.”

As if there was any doubt.

Refugees are a daily fact of life in Lebanon. Middle class people with nowhere else to go. There is nothing they can do but wait.

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Syrian Refugees in Lebanon
A Syrian refugee family in the village of Sareen in Beqaa, Lebanon constructs their shelter carried in the back of a pickup truck. (Photo: Rabih Shibli)