Letter from Beirut

Syrian effect

Print edition : November 01, 2013

The Lebanese government estimates that the number of Syrian refugees in the country is now 1.5 million. Here, refugees begging on the steps of a bank in a street in Beirut on September 18. Photo: JOSEPH EID/AFP

Lebanon's interim President Michel Sleiman with U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the 68th session of the U.N. General Assembly in New York on September 25. The inaugural meeting of the International Support Group for Lebanon was held on the sidelines of the session. Photo: David Karp/AP

At a charity centre at the Masnaa border crossing that helps Syrian refugees arriving in Lebanon. Photo: Anwar Amro/AFP

A Syrian refugee working with her husband to produce concrete blocks in Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Photo: Jamal Saidi/REUTERS

The Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan. The camp costs half a million dollars a day to maintain. Photo: Mohammad Hannon/AP

A young Syrian refugee shining shoes on a street in Beirut on September 18. Photo: JOSEPH EID/AFP

The civil war in Syria is causing a severe refugee crisis in the region, including in Lebanon. Financial assistance is imperative, but there is no substitute for a political solution in Syria itself.
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