3m f lee Syria in UN’s worst aid cri­sis

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SYRIA was de­clared the big­gest humanitarian cri­sis in United Na­tions his­tory yes­ter­day fol­low­ing a war which has forced three mil­lion peo­ple to flee.

An­to­nio Guter­res, the UN High Com­mis­sioner for Refugees, said a mil­lion Syr­i­ans have fled in the past year alone.

The num­bers who have es­caped across the bor­der rep­re­sent 12 per cent of the pop­u­la­tion, al­most half of them chil­dren.

Hol­ly­wood ac­tress An­gelina Jolie, the UN’s spe­cial en­voy for refugees, said Syria was in­creas­ingly un­sta­ble.

She said: “Three mil­lion refugees is not just an­other statis­tic.


“It is a sear­ing in­dict­ment of our col­lec­tive fail­ure to end the war in Syria.”

The fight­ing be­gan three years ago in the Arab Spring, when street protests against Pres­i­dent Bashar al-As­sad turned into an armed re­bel­lion.

But the bar­baric forces of the Is­lamic State have taken con­flict to a new level, with be­head­ings and cru­ci­fix­ions ca­su­ally meted out ev­ery day.

Many refugees have fled to Jor­dan from the IS strong­hold of Raqqa, in the north- east.

UN of­fi­cials plan to spend £ 2.2bil­lion tack­ling the cri­sis.

But EU aid chief Kristalina Ge­orgieva warned: “There is a risk that the vic­tims of the Syr­ian cri­sis and their needs will slip from the public eye.”

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