Syrian refugees in Lebanon live in fear after Arsal

Al Jazeera 

Bekaa Valley, Lebanon - Five times in as many years, the Lebanese army has forced Abu Ahmad and his family to dismantle and move the plywood-and-tarpaulin structure where they have lived in the Bekaa Valley since 2012. "It took me 15 days to build this one," Abu Ahmad told Al Jazeera, sitting on a thin red mat inside the family's most recent hand-built structure. "Imagine - as soon as I finished building the last one, the army came and told me I had 10 minutes to take it down." Their tent and 67 others in the village of Dalhamiyeh are among hundreds of informal clusters of Syrian refugee tents that dot the fertile plain, Lebanon's breadbasket, along the border with Syria. Abu Ahmad's life in Lebanon has been one of near constant worry and instability, including fear of another "security"-based eviction by the Lebanese army; fear he will be unable to scrape together enough money for rent on their small scrap of land; fear of damaging his children's future by sending them to work at local farms rather than to school; and increasingly, fear of when and how he will return home.