A girl sells chewing gum to motorists in Beirut, Lebanon, Friday, Oct. 28, 2011. (Grace Kassab/The Daily Star)
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Hundreds of children live and work on Lebanon's streets, a long-standing problem which was largely aggravated by the influx of Syrian refugees fleeing the war next door, a study published Monday showed.At least 1,500 children, nearly three-quarters of them Syrian, beg on the street and work as roadside vendors, with a some involved in illicit activities, according to the joint study, the first of its kind in Lebanon, conducted by the International Labour Organisation, the U.N. Children's Fund UNICEF and charity Save the Children International. The study found that two-thirds of street-based children in Lebanon are boys, with over half aged between 10 and 14 .The study, which was supported by the Labor Ministry, said 43 percent of the children who worked were begging, while street vending accounted for 37 percent.
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