UN says Syrian refugee numbers tops one million

2013-03-11 Vatican Radio

(Vatican Radio) The United Nations refugee agency (UNHCR) says number of Syrians who have fled the conflict to other countries has now reached the one million mark. The agency says about half of the refugees are children, the majority under the age of eleven. It points out that more than 400,000 Syrians have become refugees since the beginning of this year and arrive traumatized, without possessions and having lost members of their families. As many as 70,000 people have died in the two-year conflict, the UN believes. UNHCR says most of the Syrians have fled to Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. It adds that increasingly, Syrians are also fleeing to North Africa and Europe.
Listen to the report by correspondent Nathan Morley: