Syrian refugees fill containers and bottles with water at a makeshift settlement in Bar Elias town, in the Bekaa valley, Lebanon March 28, 2017. REUTERS/Aziz Taher
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"I prefer to not stay here – you can see how the situation is," Abd al-Mohsen from Syria's Homs said as he sat on an orange plastic chair in his family's wood-framed tent sealed with patchwork nylon in the Bekaa Valley.However, for some, the opposition is no better than Assad. Bashar, 32, is originally from eastern Syria's Deir al-Zor and wants to become an animator. Before coming to Beirut, Bashar spent two months in a Syrian government prison. "Frankly, I don't see in Syria the conditions [to create safe zones]," he said.While some refugees have begun to return to their homes within Syria – particularly those who have been internally displaced or are from areas where fighting has died down – many more continue to be forced from their homes because of the war. According to a survey of 400 Syrian refugees aged between 18 and 24 from camps in Jordan and Lebanon, 54 percent of respondents said they were unlikely to permanently return to Syria in the future.
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