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Syria crisis: Aya is One in a million

23 August 2013

Children make up half of all refugees from the Syria conflict, according to UNHCR and UNICEF. Most have arrived in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. Increasingly, Syrians are fleeing to North Africa and Europe. Latest figures show that of the one million Syrian refugees under the age of 18, some 740,000 are children under the age of 11.

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Thousands flee Palmyra, UNHCR steps up aid

22 May 2015

The town of Palmyra was overrun this week by anti-government militants along with its World Heritage-listed archaeological sites. Some 11,000 people fled westwards.

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UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini struck by the tragedy of Syria's youth

11 May 2015

Hosseini, a former refugee, talks with young people in Jordanian camps about how they are coping with such dramatic changes to their lives.

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Jordan: Khaled Hosseini Visit

07 May 2015

Bestselling author and UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador Khaled Hosseini visited Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan this week to meet with Syrian refugees fleeing the conflict. As the conflict enters its fifth year, the situation is getting more desperate for Syrians, some of whom will risk everything and cross dangerous waters to find safety in Europe.

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A Risky Route from Syria to Europe

05 May 2015

Amin, Hanan and their three children crossed desert and sea in search of safety. Now back on dry land, they hope to rebuild their broken lives.

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We felt maybe it's our turn to die. But we didn't want to die. So we made up our minds to leave.

Sahar, 25
Syrian refugee in Lebanon

They gave us biscuits, cheese, dates, dry meat – all very nice... And they gave us mats, blankets and kitchenware.

Fayzeh
mother of three at Jordan’s Za'atri camp

Everyone needs to be doing all they can for the innocent families caught in the crossfire.

Angelina Jolie
UNHCR Special Envoy

It is heartbreaking to see so many Syrian citizens losing their lives, uprooted from their homes, or trapped in war zones.

António Guterres
High Commissioner for Refugees

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