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Syria’s Children: Life in a Refugee Camp

About 3 million children have been displaced by Syria’s civil war, including a million-plus who have fled to other countries.

In Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley, about 5,000 displaced Syrians now live in a tent settlement called Fayda Camp. For two days, NBC News photographers Jerome Delay and Yuka Tachibana visited the camp and shared these portraits and stories of the war’s youngest survivors.

Gamal, 5, walks in the Fayda Camp where he and his family fled two years ago from their neighborhood in Idlib, Syria, which was under frequent attack. Each time bombs dropped nearby, Gamal cried. He still frequently wakes up in the middle of the night shouting. His father Khaled said all he wants for Gamal is happiness and a good life.

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Fatima, 12, sits on the bed in the tent she shares with her mother, two brothers and two sisters in Fayda Camp, a Syrian refugee settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Four months ago, Fatima and her family fled here from their home in Homs, Syria, after her father disappeared while searching for bread for the family. "I think about him all the time,” Fatima said of her father. “He brought us happiness. He brought us food. He made us safe. If I can have one wish come true, that would be to have my father here with us."

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Sedra, 7, center, stands in her tent in the Fayda Camp, some 25 miles east of Beirut, Lebanon. She and her 3-year-old sister Gena fled a Damascus suburb with their parents 15 days ago after a bomb exploded near their home while they were sleeping. "Three of my uncles and three of my cousins died in the attack. I used to play with them all the time,” said Sedra , who lost a younger brother three years ago to gunfire. “I really don't want to go back to Syria. I prefer to stay at this camp," she said.

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