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Syrian refugees unsure what future holds
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A Syrian refugee child cries at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria.
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A Syrian refugee child cries at the Al Zaatri refugee camp in the Jordanian city of Mafraq, near the border with Syria.
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BEIRUT — Refugees from Syria are in “complete darkness” about their future, said an official with Caritas Lebanon.

Father Simon Faddoul, president of Caritas Lebanon, which has been working with Syrian refugees here for 14 months, said there was a large influx of people during the last week of July as more than 20,000 refugees fled violence in Damascus and Homs.

“The situation we are in at the moment is terrible. What tomorrow will bring? Unfortunately, we estimate a worse situation,” he said.

“The human plight and wound in this part of the world is getting deeper.”

A Catholic Relief Services staff member chronicling the stories of refugees in border communities in Jordan and Lebanon found people fraught with concern for relatives and friends left behind as they were forced to flee the escalating violence with little advance notice.

“People are feeling generally broken and that they might not ever become whole again,” said a CRS staffer.

“The underlying feeling among Syrian refugees is this genuine deep despair for everything that is lost,” she said. “They really were blinded by this. They did not expect this.” There are 34,096 displaced Syrians receiving assistance in Lebanon.



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