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Syria’s Unchecked Humanitarian Crisis

Elizabeth Ferris

As the civil war in Syria continues to escalate, refugees are fleeing the country, in record numbers, seeking safety from the deadly violence and rapidly deteriorating humanitarian conditions. More than 1.6 million Syrians have flooded nearby countries overwhelming relief organizations and local governments and even more are displaced within the country. This situation is desperate and the growing humanitarian crisis nearing a breaking point. United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees senior advisor Jana Mason, U.S. Commission on Internal Religious Freedom senior policy analyst, Tiffany Lynch and I participated in a fact-finding trip to the region in early June. They join me to discuss the alarming situation and growing needs of Syrian refugees.

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