August 22, 2013
The first of a six-part daily series by Jan Egeland, Secretary General of NRC, on the reality for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq. Reposted from http://marhabablog.nrc.no/.
Over the next five days I will visit NRC operations in Iraq, Lebanon and Jordan, where my colleagues are working hard to provide shelter, water, education and protection to hundreds of thousands of refugees from Syria. I will be meeting with refugees, host community members, partners and, of course, the NRC field teams doing some of the most difficult and important work in the world.
In the past two and a half years, fighting in Syria has triggered one of the greatest humanitarian catastrophes of our time.
The sheer numbers are staggering:
Over 6.25 million people have been displaced within Syria and throughout the region. That represents almost four times the number of people displaced by the devastating Indian Ocean Tsunami in 2004.
Nearly two million […]