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Updated: 09/03/2013 5:58 AM
Created: 09/02/2013 5:32 PM KSTP.com | Print |  Email
By: Tim Sherno

Refugee Crisis Developing on Syrian Borders

The United Nations is calling attention to Syria's growing refugee crisis. According to UN numbers, nearly 7 million people have fled their homes to escape the violence of the civil war in that country. According to The World Bank, Syria's total population is roughly 20 million.

Daniel Wordsworth is President and C.E.O. of the American Refugee Committee, a Minnesota based non-profit that helps people displaced from their homes. Wordsworth points to a humanitarian crisis that has been quietly and steadily building, "In many ways, they're already overwhelming the systems."

Wordsworth says the political situation in Syria should not distract from the refugee crisis, "The politics stuff is broiling around on the outside like a big dark cloud. But the crisis that we're dealing with is the crisis of 7 million people and we hope people can see through this dark confusing cloud and see that there are people right now who need something to happen for them."


 


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