Escaping Syria

Collection with 20 media items created by Christina Malkoun

04 Dec 2013 23:00

March 6th 2013, one Million refugee officially registered at the centre in Tripoli, Lebanon. A number expected in June 2013. Today it is estimated that double this number have crossed into Lebanon, that's how much the situation is getting worse.
Since the Syrian revolution started in January 2011, families have escaped their home, leaving all their belongings behind, their houses destroyed, terrorised, looking for a safer place to live. In August 2011, the UNHCR launched the Tripoli registration centre, ensuring extension of services to persons under its mandate. 600 to 800 refugees register there every day. 2000 register daily in all of Lebanon. And today there are 7000 daily registrations throughout the region, in the countries of asylum, including Lebanon, Jordan, turkey, Egypt and Iraq.
This project is about portraying the lives of Syrian refugees across Lebanon; their struggles, their strength, their weaknesses, their hope of returning home... one day.
Are their rights as refugees being acknowledged? Being outside of their home country, are Syrian children having access to education? Are Syrian men and women being able to work independently to earn a living? Are Syrian elderly having access to health care?
"Please! Take a picture of me and my children. Let the world see!" said to me a syrian woman during a visit to Halba in Northern Lebanon. Disseminating those life abstracts can only generate and enhance awareness. More people are becoming conscious about the situation and are now more involved in helping the ones in need. Some photos are taken at the UNHCR centre in Tripoli, where men, women, children and elderly refugees gather and wait for their turn to register. They stand in front of the gates sometimes under heavy rains, with no shelter. After registering, they will eventually get the help they need. Other photos were taken in Halba, in tiny apartments where 20 people live under one roof. Some women found each other at the Women Association Centre of Northern Lebanon, and started learning and making accessories to earn a living, while others live off charity contributions. Some more photos were shot at the Beqaa Valley, where Syrian families wander around the streets to find a shelter, holding their babies in their arms, and hiding from the rain. But the generosity of the locals had been tremendous, taking them voluntarily under their roof. They are now refugees. A fate they did not choose.

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Title photo for the collection
Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
19 Dec 2012

Millions and millions of syrian civilians are crossing the borders into neighboring countries. Sometimes families walk for weeks, under heavy rains, holding their babies in their arms, with the hope to reach the nearest UNHCR centers. In Lebanon, there are four registration centers; in Tripoli, in the Bekaa, in Beirut and in the South. This Syrian family has arrived in Tripoli and is waiting for her turn to register.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
18 Dec 2012

At the UNHCR Tripoli registration center, in Lebanon, once they cross the gates, Syrian refugees wait for their number to be called. The Tripoli registration center, ensures extension of services to persons under its mandate. 600 to 800 refugees register at the center every day.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
13 Jan 2013

At the UNHCR Tripoli registration center, in Lebanon, once they cross the gates, Syrian refugees wait for their number to be called. The Tripoli registration center, ensures extension of services to persons under its mandate. 600 to 800 refugees register at the center every day.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
13 Jan 2013

At the UNHCR Tripoli registration center, in Lebanon, once they cross the gates, Syrian refugees wait for their number to be called. The Tripoli registration center, ensures extension of services to persons under its mandate. 600 to 800 refugees register at the center every day.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
18 Dec 2012

March 6th 2013, The Millionth refugee has offcially registered at the center in Tripoli. A number expected in June 2013, that's how much the situation is getting worse.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
18 Dec 2012

Today, over a million Syrians have crossed the borders into Lebanon. It is estimated that double this number have not yet registered and living in terrible conditions.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
12 Jan 2013

According to recent UNICEF news, 8,942 students have been enrolled in schools. Basic education materials have been distributed in 151 schools, benefetting 30,155 Lebanese and Syrian students.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
11 Jan 2013

600 to 800 refugees register at the UNHCR center in Tripoli every day. 2000 register in all of Lebanon. And today, there are 7000 daily registrations throughout the regions, in the countries of asylum, including Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt and Iraq.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
19 Dec 2012

At the UNHCR Tripoli registration center, this man is holding his mother, she is unable to walk. Her weak body was severely affected by the harsh cold. After registration, elderly will have easier access to health care in Lebanon.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
19 Dec 2012

Outside Syria, it is estimated that almost 520,000 children under 18, are affected out of registered refugees only.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
19 Dec 2012

Outside Syria, it is estimated that almost 520,000 children under 18, are affected out of registered refugees only. 190,000 between 0 and 4 years old.

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Escaping Syria
Tripoli
By Christina Malkoun
19 Dec 2012

At the UNHCR Tripoli registration center, this man is trying to explain that he is paperless but still needs help. He will get the help he needs as long as he proves that he crossed into Lebanon after the events in Syria and that he is not a migrant worker trying to benefit from the service.

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Escaping Syria
Halba
By Christina Malkoun
13 Dec 2012

In Halba, at the Woman Association center of Northern Lebanon, some women started making accessories to earn a living while others lived off charity contributions. They live in tiny apartments where 20 people are sharing one roof.

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Escaping Syria
Zahle
By Christina Malkoun
13 Dec 2012

In Halba, Syrian women refugees, having deceased or heavily injured husbands, gather at the Woman Association Center of Northern Lebanon, and help each other to earn a living.

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Escaping Syria
Zahle
By Christina Malkoun
12 Feb 2013

In the Bekaa valley, Syrian refugees are spreading, waiting at the Sheikh's door to help them find a place to stay.

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Escaping Syria
Zahle
By Christina Malkoun
12 Feb 2013

In the Bekaa valley, aid workers are providing the most vulnerable syrian refugees with the basic amenities, carpets, socks, underwear and dry food.

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Escaping Syria
Zahle
By Christina Malkoun
12 Feb 2013

In the Bekaa valley, Syrian refugees are spread around the houses of generous locals, providing them with at least a roof.

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Escaping Syria
El Marj,Lebanon
By Christina Malkoun
12 Feb 2013

In El Marj in the Bekaa valley, this litttle girl was lucky to find a safe and free place to stay. She is one amongst 11 other family members.

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Escaping Syria
Zahle
By Christina Malkoun
12 Feb 2013

Some Syrians have made this bus their new home, the children members are always smiling when riding in it, because they feel as if they are going to school everyday the bus driver drives around those muddy streets in the Bekaa valley.

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Escaping Syria
Zahle
By Christina Malkoun
12 Feb 2013

This syrian family has 5 members. They all live together in a small 5 square meter room, and pay 100$ a month including electricity and heaters. Some pay up till 600 or 700 $ a month and thus they are loosing all their savings.