Democracy Now: United Nations Sees “Dramatic” Increase in Syria Refugees


The United Nations is warning of a dramatic increase in the number of refugees fleeing the violence in Syria. On Tuesday, a U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees spokesperson said the number of refugees in Turkey could soon top 200,000.

Melissa Fleming: “The numbers are significantly increasing as the fighting escalates in the town of Daraa and in surrounding villages. So we’re seeing, growing, a spike in numbers. And disturbingly, we’re also seeing, among those, many more unaccompanied children, so children who say that their parents have died and they’ve gone off on their own and crossed the border, others who are saying that they’ve been just sent off on their own. So the numbers are increasing, and the profile of the people fleeing is changing.”

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~ by wheresthemic on August 29, 2012.

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