One million lives uprooted. One million desperate souls trying to start anew with nothing, far away from home.
The number of Syrians who fled the country since the civil war began almost two years ago reached 1 million on Wednesday, the U.N. refugee agency said.
Opinion: Refugee crisis ‘spiraling out of control’
An average of almost 1,400 refugees spill across the border daily. The 1 million figure represents about 5% of Syria’s total population.
That’s akin to the entire population of Prague, Czech Republic, walking away.
“With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every day, Syria is spiraling towards full-scale disaster,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said.
The pace of exodus has spiked dramatically in recent months.
More than 400,000 fled since the beginning of this year to countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. About half the refugees are children.
The news coincides almost exactly with the two-year anniversary of the Syrian civil war.
Please read that last sentence again. “The news coincides almost exactly…” Really? If Bush were in the White House, would that have been written so stupidly? As if we couldn’t figure out why they are fleeing? Are we really that stupid?
I guess I’m still smarting from the fact that the NY Times reported on Sunday that the size of the Holocaust increased six fold by the number of concentration camps (to 42,000+) and the number of deaths jumped to 11,000,000 – AND no one else seems to have reported this extraordinary research. If one million refugees (alive by definition) equals the population of Prague, 11,000,000 deaths is about 3 million greater than the five boroughs of NYC, more than twice the population of Massachusetts, 3 million more than the population of the State of New Jersey, 5 million more than the population of Israel. That makes it a real challenge for me to care about refugees.