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Above the town of Faqra, which boasts some of the most expensive real estate in Lebanon, a road winds up the mountain that gave the country its name. After the Lebanese Army checkpoint at the top of the hill it levels out and the landscape is barren but remains home to a community whose way of life is dying. Badr Halimi has a tanned, weather-beaten face under the red and white keffiyeh he habitually wears that speaks to a life lived under the sun. Badr has been a shepherd his whole life. Badr spends his days, and often his nights, outside with the sheep. He leaves home at about half past two in the afternoon, taking the herd to graze. Most of the milk the herd produces in the spring, with much less by the end of the summer. Because of the snow, Badr and his family normally descend the mountain road and head for the border town of Arsal, where he says his sister lives and he owns a house near the Syrian border.Speaking shortly before the conclusion of the Lebanese Army's "Fajr al-Joroud" operation to drive militants out of the border areas, he said that even this became impossible and it made it difficult for the children to get a regular education. He added that the family used to receive support from the UNHCR as part of its assistance for host the poorest host communities, but this later stopped.
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