Maha al-Ali, 4, sits in a tent with a relative in Qab Elias, Thursday, April 24, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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Maha al-Ali buries her dark, auburn locks in her grandmother's embrace, her full red cheeks glowing with a shy smile.The 4-year-old girl from the Aleppo countryside fled her home when she contracted what her family would later find out was cancer of the lymph nodes, her access to health care severed by the brutal war that swept the city.She is now free of the cancer after months of expensive chemotherapy and treatment funded by aid organizations. The family fled Syria to Lebanon seeking treatment, giving up much of what they owned to do so, in December 2012 .There are now over 1 million Syrian refugees registered with the UNHCR in Lebanon.Maha immediately began treatment at the hospital with chemotherapy that lasted about six months, during which time she lost all her hair three times. Last month, doctors told the family that all traces of the cancer had disappeared.The tent is crowded – it houses three families made up of 17 individuals.
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