THE WORLDPOST
09/12/2013 05:40 pm ET Updated Sep 13, 2013

Photos Of Syrian Refugees In Lebanon Offer Stark Reminder Of Forgotten Victims In Crisis

As politicians around the world debate various plans to intervene in Syria's civil war, a crisis rages just miles away from the country's capital. According to the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), more than two million Syrians have fled their homeland, including one million children, seeking shelter in neighboring countries like Egypt, Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, and Iraq.

UNHCR estimates that more than 700,000 refugees have crossed the border into Lebanon -- a country of just 4.5 million people -- though President Michel Suleiman believes that number to be closer to one million, the Associated Press notes.

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Because of Hezbollah's close ties to Bashar Assad, Lebanon has refused to establish official refugee camps for Syrians, forcing many who flee to set up makeshift tent cities like the one in al-Faour, located in the Bekaa Valley just across the border, where hundreds survive without the basic necessities of life.

"[M]any refugees live in collective shelters, underground parking lots and abandoned construction sites," AP writes. "Others sleep on sidewalks, under bridges and in tin shacks strung up with laundry lines. ... They offer no protection from Lebanon's sizzling summers and its freezing winters. There is barely any running water and no electricity."

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Syrian refugee, Khalid El-Abd, 60, who suffers from cerebral palsy, poses for a photograph at a temporary refugee camp, in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour, Bekaa valley near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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A Syrian refugee sits on the ground at a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour, Bekaa valley near the border with Syria, on Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Syrian refugee men rest inside a tent at a temporary refugee camp, in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour, Bekaa valley near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 photo, a Syrian girl poses for a portrait inside her tent at a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour in the Bekaa valley, near the border with Syria. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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A Syrian refugee girl washes rice outside her tent at a temporary refugee camp, in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour, Bekaa valley near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Syrian refugee, Mohammed Ahmed, 20, right, who fled his home with his family from Baba Amro, Homs province, carries his son at a temporary refugee camp, in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour, Bekaa Valley near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Wedne sday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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In this Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013 photo, a Syrian refugee girl looks towards the camera in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour in the Bekaa valley, near the border with Syria. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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A Syrian refugee girl drinks water from a hose near a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour in the Bekaa valley near the border with Syria, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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Syrian refugee, Essam, left, trims a mans hair, as children pose for a photograph at a temporary refugee camp, in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour, Bekaa Valley near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

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Syrian refugee Mohammed Bakir, who suffers from a disability due to heavy shelling, according to his family, sits on a wheelchair inside his tent at a temporary refugee camp in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour in the Bekaa valley near the border with Syria, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Nariman El-Mofty)

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A Syrian refugee girl flashes the victory sign inside her tent at a temporary refugee camp, in the eastern Lebanese town of al-Faour, Bekaa valley near the border with Syria, Lebanon, Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

Check out more striking images of Syrian refugees in Lebanon in the slideshow below:

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Syrians Find Tenuous Refuge In Lebanon

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