Syrian refugee Halloum al-Amin poses for a picture in the southern village of Qalawai, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Venetia Rainey)
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QALAWAI, Lebanon: Most stories about 100-year-olds focus on their secret to a long life: the morning swims in ice cold lakes, the fresh mountain air, the secret superfood.Lucid and humorous, Amin is clearly the matriarch of her large family, 20 members of which live with her in a drafty house in a village in the southern Bint Jbeil governorate."I don't know what is happening in Syria," she says, before smiling mischievously and adding, "If I know, I forgot".Instead, she tells stories of her family and her land filled with cherry and olive trees that her family has lived on and worked for generations. Used to being self-sufficient and eating whatever she could grow, she complains that food is expensive in Lebanon. Like hundreds of thousands of other refugees, she and her family are currently fighting to be included in the U.N.'s new targeted food-assistance program.
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