IN PHOTOS / More Than Half a Million Syrian Children Seek Refuge in Lebanon Since 2011

UNICEF says there are 2.8 million children out of school in the region, and child refugees are particularly at risk of exploitation and abuse, with large numbers being left with no choice but to go out to work, rather than attend school.

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In this Thursday, Feb. 18, 2016 photo, Syrian refugee Ahmed Abrouch, 8, who fled with his family from Aleppo Syria, makes a living by selling flowers on the Mediterranean Sea waterfront promenade in Beirut, Lebanon. More than 1.1 million Syrians have sought refuge here since the start of the 2011 uprising, more than half of them children.
Syrian refugee Ahmed Abrouch, 8, who fled with his family from Aleppo Syria, makes a living by selling flowers on the Mediterranean Sea waterfront promenade in Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 18, 2016.Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
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Rajab is on his feet an average of 12 hours a day, cleaning, filling perfume bottles and helping sell mobile phones at the shop in Beirut where he works. Rajab has been working since he arrived in Lebanon two years ago after fleeing war in his Syrian hometown of Aleppo with his parents and six siblings.

Al-Ashram's father died two years ago in Syria from an illness, and since arriving in Lebanon two and a half years ago, he has worked at a small supermarket to pay the rent for the tiny apartment where he and his mother and three sisters live.

Syrian refugee Mohammed Hassan, 8, who fled with his family from Idlib, Syria, rearranges fruits on display for sale at a market in Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 19, 2016.Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
Syrian street vendor Ali Hamadah, who fled with his family from Aleppo, Syria, sells tissues for drivers in Beirut, Lebanon, May 28, 2016.Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
Thirteen-year-old Syrian refugee Ali Rajab, fills bottles of perfume at a shop in Beirut, Lebanon, April 1, 2016. Rajab is on his feet an average of 12 hours a day.Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
Syrian refugee Mohammed Ali Darwish draws on cards that he later sells in Beirut, Lebanon, May 28, 2016.Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
Syrian refugee Mohannad al-Ashram, 15, who fled with his family from Aleppo, Syria, works at a super market in Beirut, Lebanon, March 8, 2016. since arriving in Lebanon two and a half years ago.Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
Syrian refugee Nermin Abrouch, 8, who fled her hometown Aleppo, Syria with her family, selling flowers on the Mediterranean Sea waterfront promenade in Beirut, Lebanon, Feb. 18, 2016. Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
Mohammed Ali Darwish, 9, left, and his brother Nasser, 11, sit in the van where they live with their father, in Beirut, Lebanon, May 28, 2016.Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
A Syrian refugee boy shines a customers shoe on Hamra street in Beirut, Lebanon, March 15, 2016.Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
Syrian refugee Ibrahim al-Abd, 15, who fled with his family from Deir el-Zour, Syria, trims plants on a street in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, March 4, 2016.Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
A Syrian refugee boy who fled his home in Syria, works as a mechanic, in the town of Taanayel, in the eastern Bekaa valley, Lebanon, Sept. 8, 2015.Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP
Syrian refugee boys who work as shoe polishers on Hamra street, wait for customers, in Beirut, Lebanon, March 15, 2016. Credit: Bilal Hussein, AP

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