In this picture taken Monday, Jan. 4, 2016, a Syrian refugee girl walks in mud from the heavy rain, as she leaves a restroom at a refugee camp in the town of Hosh Hareem, in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
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In a run-down tent with a ragged carpet for a floor and only a thin plastic sheet to keep the July heat at bay, refugees living near Lebanon's border with Syria wonder what their futures hold.All of the Syrian refugees who spoke to The Daily Star asked to remain anonymous – an indication of the heightened sense of anxiety that has befallen the already vulnerable population after allegations that Syrian nationals were planning a demonstration against the Lebanese Army this week. Lebanon is now home to 1 million Syrian refugees, according to the U.N. refugee agency's official register, although the government places the total figure at closer to 1.5 million. This number coupled with the nearly 500,000 Palestinian refugees effectively means that, in Lebanon, one in every four people is a refugee. A Lebanese farmer, who was visiting the settlement that day, described the relationship between the Lebanese and Syrian refugees as symbiotic.
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