by Salah Takieddine
BEIRUT, March 14 (Xinhua) -- At the time when the Syrian crisis enters the fourth year, the Syrian refugees in Lebanon numbering over 957,000 are still suffering from miserable living conditions and they are pessimistic about the end of violence in their homeland.
In the eastern Bekaa region, a number of Syrian refugees gather around a small TV unit placed over a wooden box to follow the news regarding the latest developments of the battle of Yabroud, the clashes in Aleppo and the armed conflict between the rival fundamentalists namely ISIS and AL-Nusra Front, and the future of the Geneva peace talks on Syria.
Abdel Majid Abboud who displaced from Aleppo told Xinhua "the situation is not reassuring and news indicate that there will be no agreement about Syria as the world in general is passing through a crisis which will reflect negatively in our country. With the beginning of the fourth year of the crisis we see little hope for peace and all we can do is pray to god to end this bloody war and our misery."
As for Adel Al Ouraibi who displaced from Idlib, he said that he cannot find any sign that the violence in Syrian will soon end, adding 'all indications are dim and peace does not seem looming. We enter our fourth year in the crisis and fear that we will cross the fifth year or maybe the tenth year and remain in this vicious circle."
Many of the refugees, who settled under erected tents in the Qaraoun village in the east Bekaa, are busy trying to fortify their tents to sustain the heavy winds and rains that took them by surprise during the last few days.
Salima Abou Hmeid, mother of six children, told Xinhua "we are in very critical situation. We built hope on the Geneva talks when the world powers gathered in an effort to try to put an end to the war in our country, but nothing would come out of it. The war seems continuing in Syria and the killing also."
Fadi Abou Lahab who displaced from Aleppo and works in a chicken farm in Jib Jannine in the east Bekaa asked "why the war is still going on in our country and is entering the fourth year? Can't the world powers put an end to this?
In north Lebanon's Tripoli, 10,000 Syrian families have taken refuge and rented houses on their own or through non-governmental aid agencies or Islamic Charities. But the refugees in Tripoli are facing many troubles including the lack of funds provided for the rental fees and the food aid coupons provided by the NGO's which led most of them to think seriously about returning to Syria despite the deteriorated security situation.
Khaled Al Dandashi, 40 years old, who fled his devastated hometown of Homs told Xinhua "I live in Tripoli with my family of three children since two and half years ago, but I am waiting for the right timing to get back to Syria, particularly after the harsh living conditions we are facing lately."
The Syrian refugees in Lebanon are building their hope on the international community and particularly the "friendly countries" and bet on them to find a solution that would restore peace to their country.