UN: Syria Child Refugees Now over 1 Million
UN agencies say the number of children forced to flee Syria has reached one million, describing the figure as "a shameful milestone".
The UN's refugee agency and Unicef say a further two million children are displaced within the country.
The UN says children now make up half of all refugees fleeing Syria. About three-quarters of those children are under 11.
"The youth of Syria are losing their homes, their family members and their futures," said UN high commissioner for refugees Antonio Guterres, as cited by the BBC.
"Even after they have crossed a border to safety, they are traumatised, depressed and in need of a reason for hope," he said.
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.
Since fighting began in March 2011 between the Syrian Government and opposition groups seeking to oust President Bashar Al-Assad as many as 100,000 people have been killed, almost 2 million have fled to neighbouring countries and a further 4 million have been internally displaced. In addition, at least 6.8 million Syrian require urgent humanitarian assistance, half of whom are children.
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