Where Do Swans Come From ?


Bekaa Valley

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The Bekaa is a fertile valley that stretches 120 km from the Syrian border to the Red Sea. A vast arid desert in the North is inhabited by pastoral nomads. It has snowy winters and dry warm summers. 

Many communities live in mostly segregated areas under a feudal system including Sunnis, Christians, Druzes, Armenians and the Shia majority. However, there is a constant flux of refugees from neighbouring countries at war as in the case of the Armenians who arrived there following the genocide in 1915.

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The Aammiq Wetland lies on one of the most important migration routes when birds migrate South to spend winter in Africa. In its reed-beds and marshes, over 250 species of birds have been recorded including endangered species such as the Pallid Harrier (Circus macrourus) and the Great Snipe (Gallinago media).

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