Syrians living in a refugee camps in Lebanon and Jordan prepare for Ramadan amid shortages, as conflict back home enters its fifth year. Deborah Lutterbeck reports.
They are far from homes that may no longer exist. Syrians, in a Lebanese refugee camp, prepare to mark the holy month of Ramadan. They line up for food provided by a woman's charity. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UNNAMED SYRIAN REFUGEE FROM QUSAIR, SAYING: "Ramadan is a blessing from God, but we can't live if we don't work. We are working very hard in agriculture. They are giving us this box here, but, you know, what can a box do?" Similar scenes in Jordan At a store inside a refugee camp in Jordan -- there are lanterns on sale to mark Ramadan. There is food-- but not always the means to prepare it. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) UM ABDO, SYRIAN WOMAN FROM DARAA, SAYING: "We feel really bad. I hope that we will be in our country. Here, whatever we do, we feel that we are strangers. What are we going to prepare for Ramadan? There is no electricity, there is no refrigerator and prices here are very high." With some of the four million people forced to flee Syria -- they are now just going through the motions of what is often one of the most festive time of years.