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Myriam Francois reports on the tough choices facing Syrian refugees in Tripoli, Lebanon's second city. A small number have begun returning to Syria. Yet they face risks whether they stay or whether they go back. Tripoli has around 100,000 Syrian refugees, amounting to around 1 in 4 of its population. This has put a strain on relations between native Lebanese and the refugees, especially in a city which feels it is neglected by the capital, Beirut. Myriam follows Dr Mounir Hakimi, a British-Syrian NHS surgeon from Manchester to Tripoli. He has been operating on refugees from his home town of Homs and from other parts of Syria. They need urgent medical attention and cannot afford it without help from the NGO sponsoring Dr Hakimi. Myriam asks both Syrians and local Lebanese about what the best future is for the refugees in a city which was struggling to provide enough work and services for its people even before their arrival.
Producer: Bob Howard

The tough choices facing the 100,000 Syrian refugees in Tripoli in Lebanon.

Myriam Francois reports on the tough choices facing Syrian refugees in Tripoli, Lebanon's second city. Some have begun boarding buses to return to Syria. Yet they face risks whether they stay or whether they go back. Tripoli has around 100 000 Syrian refugees, amounting to around 1 in 4 of its population. This has put a strain on relations between native Lebanese and the refugees, especially in a city which feels it is neglected by the capital, Beirut. Myriam follows Dr Mounir Hakimi, a British-Syrian NHS surgeon from Manchester to Tripoli. He has been operating on refugees from his home town of Homs and from other parts of Syria. They need urgent medical attention and cannot afford it without help from the NGO sponsoring Dr Hakimi. Myriam asks both Syrians and local Lebanese about what the best future is for the refugees in a city which was struggling to provide enough work and services for its people even before their arrival.
Producer: Bob Howard