04/29/2013 06:29 GMT
by Colin Bertier and Mostafa Aboul Ezz
CAIRO, April 29, 2013 (AFP) - Bassel Khalil fled the devastating conflict in Syria with only $400 in his pocket and, together with his family, found refuge in Cairo's "Little Damascus" where he scrapes a living giving guitar lessons.
Khalil lives with his lawyer friend Ammar, another Syrian, in an apartment in 6th of October city on the outskirts of Cairo.
They are among hundreds of thousands forced out of their country by war.