Syria crisis: Child refugees reach ‘one million’

UN agencies say the number of children forced to flee Syria has reached one million, describing the figure as "a shameful milestone".

Most of the children have arrived in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt, the UN says, and increasingly Syrians are fleeing to North Africa and Europe. But with its appeal for Syria less than 40% funded, the two UN agencies say they are struggling to meet the needs of the refugees. Just 118,000 of the refugee children have been able to continue in some sort of education, and a fifth have received psychosocial counselling.

The UN's refugee agency and Unicef say a further two million children are displaced within the country.

 

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