Zainab Khammas, from Basra and her husband Khaled Abdel Kader, from Kirkuk speak during an interview with The Daily Star in Dikwaneh, Wednesday, May 14, 2014. (The Daily Star/Mahmoud Kheir)
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Khaled Abdel-Qader limps as he ascends the flight of stairs, his smile concealing the grit with which he has endured over two decades away from home.He fled with his family in 1991, shortly after the Gulf War, to Jordan, and from there to Syria.Last year, they fled one last time, from Aleppo to Lebanon. More than 11 years after the fall of Baghdad, Iraqi refugees are the second-largest community of displaced people in Lebanon that are registered with the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, after Syrians.Worse yet, new research into food insecurity among Iraqi refugees in Lebanon highlights alarming rates of poor nutrition.The survey of 800 UNHCR-registered households found "alarmingly high" rates of food insecurity and poor nutritional diversity among them, particularly in families with children.Carol El Sayed, head of the community development unit at UNHCR, said there were 6,380 Iraqi refugees in Lebanon as of the end of April.Sayed said the number of Iraqi families, a little over 3,000, had been relatively stable for the past few years.
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