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A young Syrian refugee girl in Lebanon shows a basket that she’s just learnt how to make and decorate at a UNICEF vocational training session supported by UK aid. | by DFID - UK Department for International Development
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A young Syrian refugee girl in Lebanon shows a basket that she’s just learnt how to make and decorate at a UNICEF vocational training session supported by UK aid.

Riam*, aged 11, is a refugee from Idlib in Syria. She's been in southern Lebanon for just over a year after her family fled the fighting in her home country.

 

Like many Syrian refugees her age, she doesn't want to show her face – partly because she's scared; partly because she’s just a young girl and shy.

 

"Although it’s better here than in Syria, I’m still frightened to go out much, because I feel vulnerable and threatened sometimes", she says.

 

"I haven't been able to go to school for over a year, so these classes are really good and I'm enjoying being with other girls.

 

“Some girls I know are married already, but the thought of it worries me. I just want to go to school and continue my education.”

 

“It’s nice just to be able to ask questions and get advice. It makes me feel a bit safer.”

 

*Name has been changed to protect identity.

 

Picture: Russell Watkins/Department for International Development. Available free for editorial use under Crown Copyright/Open Government License/Creative Commons - Attribution

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Taken on July 7, 2014