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Six Years of War in Syria

Content by: South-South News

15 March 2017, New York, USA | South-South News — Six years after the conflict began in Syria, the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said the resolve of the international community “must not waiver” in supporting “the vast joint humanitarian and development effort.” United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees Filippo Grandi said “on the sixth anniversary of Syria’s conflict, we must remember those who are suffering most from this calamity.”

As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, Grandi said there are “4.9 million refugees, the 6.3 million people displaced internally, and the millions more inside Syria living in daily fear of the war and the inhumanity it has created.”

High Commissioner said “Syria’s trauma goes beyond its border. The outflow of people and the seemingly unstoppable conflict have contributed to the climate of anxiety we see today in many countries. As I have said before, if you don’t solve problems, the problems come to you.”

Grandi recently visited Syria to see for himself “how this war is affecting people, children especially.” He said “children make up half the population - of whom a third were born since the conflict began. Syria’s war has lasted longer than World War Two in Europe. This is unconscionable. Syria’s children, whether at home or in refugee communities elsewhere, are its future. One of its few sources of hope.”

Grandi also said “UNHCR supports Syrian refugees and those hosting them. We must also plan for a tomorrow when refugees might safely be able to return. The resolve of the international community to support the vast joint humanitarian and development effort that is needed must not waiver, now or then.”

 

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