Our contributer Zacharie Scheurer went to Lebanon to cover the ongoing stream of Syrian refugees crossing the border.
Born in Munich (Germany), Zacharie Scheurer soon discovered a passion for photography. Based in France since 2006, he has been working for major news agencies, like The Associated Press, imposing his talent, his technical knowledge and above all a frank look on social and political issues. He also collaborates on a regular basis with artists of the Collectif RING (http://collectifring.tumblr.com/collectif): Michael Jourdet and Guillaume Vellard. His work is published in the national and international press: The New York Times, The Herald Tribune, The Times, Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Sueddeutsche Zeitung, Le Monde, Le Figaro, Paris Match, Stern, Der Spiegel…
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Syrian Refugee Movement in Lebanon
Today, we count over 450 000 registered Syrian refugees living in Lebanon. Hiding behind this staggering number are women and men who´se lives have been broken. Lebanon has faced the influx of hundreds of thousands of people fleeing the conflict in Syria for over two years. The country is still plagued by the bloody revolution against President Bashar al-Assad, who started a civil war, which killed at least 94,000 people according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights.
Unlike Turkey, Jordan and Iraq, the Syrian refugees are scattered among the Lebanese rather than being housed in camps. Lebanon itself is becoming increasingly more unstable due to the Syrian crisis, as evidenced by the recent violent tensions in Tripoli, the country´s second largest city.