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A Syrian Family Counts its Blessings

Syria is now in its 5th year of conflict and refugees are losing hope of going home any time soon. Hassan, Heba and their three children had an affluent life back in Syria; a car rental business a home and a good school for their children. But after Hassan was kidnapped five times for ransom, the family dropped everything and sought refuge across the border in Lebanon.

They did not register with UNHCR at first because they felt that “others were more deserving of the aid,” Heba says. But two years on, having depleted their savings to pay for rent and food, they, too, rely on aid. To help put food on the table, Hassan has turned to one of his old hobbies, fishing. He goes out each morning—in snow, rain or sun—to catch food for the family.