One million children have fled Syria’s violence, marking a grim milestone in the country’s bloody civil war, according to two United Nations agencies.
Roughly half of the 2 million registered refugees from Syria are children, with 740,000 of those under the age of 11, the UN refugee and children’s agencies report.
“This one millionth child refugee is not just another number,” said Anthony Lake, executive director of Unicef, the UN children’s charity. “This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend.”
The children’s terrible ordeal is not over once they have escape the country’s borders, said Antonio Guterres, the head of the office for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
“The youth of Syria are losing their homes, their family members and their futures. Even after they have crossed a border to safety, they are traumatized, depressed and in need of a reason for hope,” he said.