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Young Lives Disrupted: gender and well-being among adolescent Syrian refugees in Lebanon

The conflict in Syria that began in 2011 has resulted in the exodus of over 5 million Syrian refugees to neighboring countries, with more than one million refugees currently registered by UNHCR in Lebanon. While some are living in tented settlements, the majority are living in strained conditions in rented accommodation or collective shelters in the Bekaa Valley next to Syria. Adolescents are particularly vulnerable in any crisis. In 2013–4, the American University in Beirut in collaboration with the Women’s Refugee Commission, Johns Hopkins and Save the Children, sought to understand the specific experiences of very young adolescents, those 10–14 years of age, in this protracted crisis context.

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Published 2018-01-16

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