The road from Beirut to the Roman ruins at Baalbek takes you on the main highway to Damascus, the same route the occupying Syrian army rumbled along, east to west, throughout their 20-year occupation during Lebanon’s civil war.

With a certain cruel symmetry, it is the same road trodden west to east by the desperate refugees escaping the horror of Syria’s own civil war. Lebanon, a country of around 6.8 million, has absorbed about 1.8 million Syrian refugees.

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