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The small crowd broke out in giggles when a young male actor, dressed in a towel and a wig, strutted around the dusty open market in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley during a street performance.The Caravan, a street performance project touring Lebanon over the next six weeks, gives Syrian refugees the chance to tell and act out their own stories and experiences and present them to Lebanese who often see the Syrians as little more than a wave of the needy and poor that has overwhelmed their country.More than five years into the war in neighboring Syria, the influx of refugees hasn't stopped, and Lebanese and Syrians alike are grappling with the new reality. In this tiny nation, there are 1.1 million registered Syrian refugees, one for every four Lebanese, and that's not counting the tens of thousands more unregistered refugees also living here. The Caravan, which started in early 2016, is a "megaphone" for the Syrian stories, said Choucair's co-director Ailin Conant.Many among the refugees are from largely conservative Sunni populations in rural Syria, where women and men mainly mix under supervision in family gatherings – a stark difference from their generally more liberal Lebanese counterparts.
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