Syrian refugees pack food after a meal on April 21, 2014 in the Edouard Vaillant parc in Saint-Ouen, north of Paris, where they spend most of their days awaiting to find housing solutions. (AFP PHOTO / JOEL SAGET)
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Yahya, Aziz and 150 other Syrians swapped the brutality and death of a war zone for hand-to-mouth survival in a small park in a working-class suburb of Paris, squeezed in behind a hotel just a few meters away from a busy ring road.Some come from Homs, others from Aleppo or the city of Latakia, leaving behind the violence of a three-year conflict that has now claimed more than 150,000 lives and forced around half the population to flee their homes. According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees, at least 2.6 million Syrians have registered as refugees in neighboring countries in the Middle East, many of them in tiny Lebanon, which is staggering under the weight of the crisis.For its part, France has taken in around 3,000 Syrian refugees since the beginning of the conflict.
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