Thousands of Syrians, fearing violence at home, have fled across the border to Lebanon. An aid group claims it has registered as many as 25,000 refugees, a figure disputed by Lebanese officials who estimate that only 6,000 Syrians have sought refuge in the country.
Many of the Syrians are sheltering in overcrowded refugee centres, while others face $200 monthly rents for squalid homes that are little more than outhouses.
These refugees are starved for news of loved ones in embattled cities such as Homs.
Al Jazeera’s James Bays reports from Lebanon.