As Syria war winds down, refugees stay put despite hardships
SIDON, Lebanon (AP) — Rozan Qarqour lives with her husband and six children in a tiny room in an unfinished building, where they share a bathroom with other Syrian refugees. Her husband sells Arabic coffee on the streets to earn a few dollars to buy bread and vegetables.
But despite their dismal life in Lebanon, the family, which fled Syria six years ago, has no plans to return home. Nor do most of the other 1.2 million Syrian refugees who live in Lebanon, despite a much-touted Russian initiative to facilitate their repatriation.
The war has wound down, but most refugees say they do not feel safe returning. Fighting continues in some areas, while others are in ruins. Many fear their sons could be conscripted or detained. Others worry they won’t find jobs.