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"There have been days in the past week when my children haven't had breakfast -- and my little ones milk -- before 5 o'clock in the evening," said Fatima, whose youngest is just 2 1/2 years old.Her husband sells fish from a cart for a living, and Fatima sometimes helps out with special orders to cook up the fresh catch.Tripoli has been a hot spot of the anti-government protests and become known as "the bride of the revolution" for its festive nighttime rallies. In the beginning Fatima took part, but soon the bus fare to the city's main square became too much.More than half of Tripoli's population live at or below the poverty line, the United Nations says, and more than a quarter live in extreme poverty. Fatima's family is struggling to pay the bills and already up to $5,000 in debt.In Fatima's neighborhood, dozens of families live in tiny homes without even a connection to the main sewage system.'Kiss 100 hands'Not far off, Jamal Shaaban said he had resorted to collecting scrap metal to earn money and feed his seven children, and despaired as to how he would ever find them employment.
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