Kurds living in Lebanon protest in support of Syrian Kurds in Beirut, Sunday, Oct. 12, 2014. (The Daily Star/Hasan Shaaban)
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It is here that a considerable Kurdish population has resided for nearly a century, and where numerous others have sought refuge from the threat of Daesh (ISIS) in northern Syria.When Daesh launched their first major assault on the Kurdish-controlled village of Ain al-Arab – known in Kurdish as Kobani – it compelled thousands of Kurds from neighboring countries to secure their persecuted community from Syria. But while those from Iraq and Turkey were well mobilized to help, Kurds in Lebanon haven't had the same leverage to support their people in exile. In the first stage of the country's 15-year Civil War, Lebanese Kurds were expelled from Basta by the Kataeb Party – an ultra-right wing Christian faction.For Syrian Kurds also looking to escape the region, they have at least benefited from the same "reliable" smuggling networks.Despite the hardships, some Syrian Kurds who remain in Lebanon may establish a more prosperous life than the one that awaits them back in their war-torn homeland, especially those who marry into families that already have shops and businesses in Beirut.
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