A Lebanese army soldier holds an umbrella as he walks at a main road covered by the snow, in Al-Marj village, in the Bekaa valley, east Lebanon. While the storm disrupted life for everyone, it proved particularly trying for the hundreds of thousands of Syrian refugees who live in tents and makeshift shelters in the Bekaa. The storm dumped rain and hail on Lebanon’s coast and heavy snows in the mountains and central Bekaa Valley, where gas stations, banks, schools and most shops closed. (Hussein Malla / AP)

Lebanon POW: 1 – 7 January

They felt neither the cool night, nor the cold stone, nor the damp ground, nor the wet grass; they looked at each other, and their hearts were full of thought. They had clasped hands, without knowing it. – Victor Hugo, Les Misérables.

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Lebanese women take part in a demonstration to ask for the release of Lebanese soldiers and policemen who are detained by jihadists in Beirut. (ANWAR AMRO / AFP)

Lebanon POW: 11 – 17 December

Oh look, yet another Christmas TV special! How touching to have the meaning of Christmas brought to us by cola, fast food, and beer…. Who’d have ever guessed that product consumption, popular entertainment, and spirituality would mix so harmoniously? — Bill Watterson

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