File - A Syrian refugee boy shines the shoes of a customer in Sidon, Wednesday, Dec. 26, 2012. (The Daily Star/Mohammed Zaatari)
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Ahmad (not his real name) is one of hundreds of thousands of children working in Lebanon, a number that includes increasing numbers of Syrian refugees.On Thursday, the World Day Against Child Labor, he could be seen bagging and carrying groceries at a popular grocery store chain in Beirut where he collects no salary, living solely off customer tips. He works nearly 12 hours a day, and recently injured his leg on the job but could not afford to stay home. Organizations working in countries like Lebanon that have been affected by the Syrian war also pled for more funds to address the refugee crisis, which has exacerbated child labor in the region.As the war in Syria grinds on and aid falls short, more and more Syrian families are sending their children out to find work.
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