Three Millions Syrians Have Been Driven Out of the Country by War

According to a shocking United Nations report, nearly half of all Syrians have either left the country and become internally displaced refugees.

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According to a shocking United Nations report, more than forty percent of all Syrians have either left the country or become internally displaced refugees. The report also estimates that three million Syrians have crossed their border over into neighboring Turkey, Jordan, Lebanon, and Iraq to escape the three-plus years of violence.

As the Los Angeles Times noted:

The grim milestone means that one in every eight Syrians has fled across the border, with an additional 6.5 million displaced from their homes inside the country in what the U.N. refugee agency described as increasingly desperate conditions. 

The Washington Post's combined the number of internally displaced refugees with the number of those who had fled the country entirely to land on the 9.5 million figure, which is more than 40 percent of Syria's total population of 22 million. Their report added:

Lebanon has absorbed about 1.1 million refugees from Syria. Some 608,000 are in Jordan; another 815,000 are in Turkey. Most of them have no work, the U.N. report said. Many of them — up to 15 percent — are “suffering from long term medical conditions” such as diabetes, heart disease and cancer, the agency reported. 

None of these figures include the more than 200,000 people have died since the Syrian civil war broke out in 2011, or the rest who have stayed put to endure dangerous and unhealthy conditions.

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