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Number of Adult and Child Syrian Refugees Reaches 2 Million, Says UN Agency

September 3, 2013 by

Raghed, age 7, is one of 2 million Syrian refugees.

Seven-year-old Raghed, a Syrian refugee, stands among rubbish at an informal refugee settlement in Lebanon’s Bekaa Valley. Photo by Sam Tarling for CRS

Excerpts from Thomas Reuters Foundation:

GENEVA, Sept 3 (Reuters) – More than 2 million refugees have now fled Syria’s civil war in human suffering unparalleled in recent history, the United Nations said on Tuesday.

Of the total Syrian population of about 20 million, either inside or outside the country, one third is displaced and almost half is in need of assistance, U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres told a news conference.

“What is appalling is that the first million fled Syria in two years. The second million fled Syria in six months,” he said….

But UNHCR’s figures include only officially registered refugees and those awaiting registration, and unofficial refugees probably number in the hundreds of thousands, he said.

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