The proportion of Syrian child refugees working in Lebanon has almost doubled since late 2016.
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When 13-year-old Mounir fled Syria for Lebanon with his family after surviving a rocket strike that nearly killed them, he thought he would be safe.Aid groups say more and more Syrian children like Mounir are having to work as poverty intensifies among the about 1 million refugees living in Lebanon – roughly a quarter of the country's population.The proportion of Syrian child refugees working in Lebanon has risen to 7 percent from 4 percent in late 2016, according to research by the Danish Refugee Council released early to the Thomson Reuters Foundation. Tanya Chapuisat, spokeswoman for the U.N. children's agency UNICEF, said Syrian families in Lebanon often had no choice but to send their children to work.More than three quarters of the refugees in Lebanon are living below the poverty line and struggling to survive on less than $4 per day, according to UNICEF, and less than half the Syrian children in the country attend school.
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