BEKAA BLUES How Syria's children survive in Lebanon

The dirt road beside an informal settlement serves as the meeting point mostly for women and children on their way to work.
Every morning at 6 o' clock, refugees of all ages meet next to their informal settlement, waiting to be picked up for the one-hour trip to the potatoe fields.
Boys, girls and women stand on a truck leaving for the fields.
The workers have to bring their own tools, if they have any.
It's mostly younger women and girls, who support their families by doing agricultural work.

There are approximately 460,000 Syrian refugee children in Lebanon. Most of them live in the Bekaa valley. In order to support their families, they work in the fertile fields. Here, girls and women are tending to potatoe fields early in the morning.

Scarfs wrapped around baseball caps protect the girls from the intense sun in the valley.
After working in the fields in the morning, two girls are on their way to an improvised tent-classroom in a so-called "Safe Zone", run by Beyond Association in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon. Beyond Association promotes social, cultural, educational, environmental and health issues among different categories in the community (children, youth, women). Beyond's work in Bekaa valley focuses on education of Syrian children.
A Syrian teacher, trained by Beyond Association, uses her young students' drawings to teach them the letters of the alphabet.
Unlike in their home country, syrian children are taught in coed classrooms.
The shadow of a Muslim girl is projected on a refugee tent in an informal settlement in the Bekaa Valley, Lebanon.
Created By
Erol Gurian


© Erol Gurian 2016 www.gurian.de All rights reserved