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In Lebanon, Syrian Refugees Met With Harassment And Hostility

In some Lebanese towns, Syrian refugees now outnumber Lebanese. And harassment against them is picking up — as is political rhetoric against them.
After fleeing from the war in Syria, the Jassem family sought refuge in Lebanon, where they've made a home inside a plastic tent. Source: Ruth Sherlock for NPR

A neat row of potted plants, all in bloom, greets visitors at the entrance of the Jassem family home in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley. Inside, decorative tassels dangle from the ceiling, with a golden-colored cloth is on display. Children play around foam mattresses resting on a clean-swept concrete floor.

It has the feel of a family home, but the Jassems are living in a plastic tent. They are refugees from Syria, which they fled five years ago, for a patch of ground in rural Lebanon.

Doha Jassem, who shares the shelter with her brother and his family, says they left their homes in Idlib, a northern province of Syria after the war came

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