April 4, 2013
The UN is hiking its estimates of people trapped in Syria after fleeing their homes, saying Wednesday some four million are now displaced inside the country and in dire need of international help.
The figure, due to be officially released in the coming days, is a dramatic increase on earlier estimates of some 2.5 million displaced put forward by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees for the period from January to June.
It also adds to the 1.2 million refugees who have fled to neighboring countries — meaning that almost a quarter of the nation’s population of around 22.5 million has now been forced to flee the two-year conflict.
This article was posted: Thursday, April 4, 2013 at 12:49 pm