Hassna sits with her 18 month old son surrounded by the children of several Syrian women who have fled over the border to escape the fighting in their homeland. Inside the concrete storage room, that is now their home, summer temperatures regularly exceed 40¼c. Hassna says: 'We fled together with a larger group of women and children to find safety from the fighting. We walked for five hours through the desert. The children saw the bombing and heard the screams. Their memory is full of scars.' Approximately 30,000 people, 80% women and children, have fled from Syria to Lebanon since the conflict started. Protests against the ruling Baathist regime of Bashar al-Assad erupted in March 2011. Although they were initially peaceful, they were violently repressed by the Syrian army and police. In response to being ordered to shoot unarmed civilians, large numbers of men deserted the army and formed the Free Syrian Army. The protest movement has now turned into an armed uprising with clashes between the regular army and the Free Syrian Army. By mid 2012 the conflict was being described by some within the UN as a civil war.