Syrian refugees play with snow at the U.N.-run refugee camp of Fayda near the Bekaa Valley town of Zahle in eastern Lebanon on January 7, 2015. (AFP/STR)
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A brutal stretch of winter has just passed, but Syrian refugees living in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley are still struggling amid the deplorable living conditions they've endured for years now.Staff at the four clinics Doctors Without Borders (MSF) runs in the Bekaa Valley regularly see patient numbers rise when the weather conditions get particularly harsh. Regrettably, four years into the Syrian crisis, the circumstances are as dire as they were predictable. One MSF social worker, Khaled Osman, recently visited the village of Majdaloun, where eight Syrian families are huddled together in one of the smallest and most isolated settlements in the Bekaa Valley.Khaled speaks of unbearable situations and cites the children and the elderly as the most vulnerable.In a bid to limit their sufferings, MSF teams this week distributed urgently needed winter essentials to Syrian refugees in northern district of Akkar, where few aid groups operate and the fear of being deported back to Syria is widespread.
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