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Payment cards to help Syrian refugees and local economies

11 October 2013 Last updated at 15:53 BST

The United Nations' World Food Programme is distributing payment cards to Syrian refugees in Lebanon to help them buy essentials.

The cards will be loaded with about $27 per person per month and can be used in selected shops near the Syrian border.

The pre-paid cards will allow the refugees to eat foodstuffs which are not normally included in food rations, as Nigel Cassidy reports.