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Uprooted again: Syrian refugees in Lebanon head to Germany

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Uprooted again: Syrian refugees in Lebanon head to Germany


More than 100 Syrian refugees, who crossed the border from their war-torn country into Lebanon, are heading to Germany for temporary resettlement.

Aisha Bakkar, who fled from Aleppo, said she did not want to go to Europe.

“No, I’m not happy. This is happening against my will. Either I stay under risk of death, or I leave to save my children,” Bakkar said.

There are currently more than 750,000 Syrian refugees in Lebanon.

The United Nations says that those on their way to Germany represent a fortunate few.

Roberta Russo, Communications Officer for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) told reporters: “They are going to start a new life under a temporary humanitarian assistance program.”

“They are granted permission to stay at least for two years, until the crisis is over in Syria,” Russo continued.

Lebanon is struggling to deal with the huge influx of refugees flooding across its borders.

The country’s President Michel Suleiman has been calling on the international community to provide more financial aid to help deal with the crisis.

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