The United Nations refugee agency has issued a warning over the plight of refugees from Syria’s civil war.
The UNHCR says a million people, most of them children, have fled the conflict. They arrive traumatised, without possessions and having lost members of their families, it added. Most have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt and some arrive in North Africa and Europe.
The UN’s High Commissioner for Refugees, Antonio Guterres, says it is piling pressure on Syria’s neighbours who are struggling to support them, as their numbers grow every week.
“One can imagine in the most sensitive region in the world what impact the Syrian crisis has and if we want to avoid an explosion in the Middle East, if we want to guarantee the peace and the stability in the countries around it is very important to find a political solution for the Syrian crisis before things gets much worse than what they are now,” said Gutteres
Nearly two years ago, Syrians started trickling out of the
country when President Bashar al-Assad’s forces started shooting
at pro-democracy protests.
Despite international donors pledging more than a billion euros to help Syria’s displaced, only a quarter of that sum has been funded.