1. TRAGIC MILESTONE

    Number of Syrian Refugees Hits 1 Million

    In this Tuesday, Feb. 19, 2013 photo, Syrian refugees carry a bucket of water as they walk at Atmeh refugee camp, in the northern Syrian province of Idlib, Syria. This rebel-controlled camp only yards from the border with Turkey houses some 16,000 people displaced by the civil war. But the U.N. and other major aid agencies best equipped to handle such a large-scale relief agency cannot reach them because they are inside Syria. That leaves the job to smaller organizations who can only provide a fraction of the needs. (AP Photo/Hussein Malla)

    Syrian refugees in northern Syria on Feb. 19. (Hussein Malla/AP)

    One million refugees have fled Syria since the crisis took hold of the country two years ago. The U.N. High Commissioner on Refugees marked the milestone number as evidence that “Syria is spiraling towards full-scale disaster,” noting that, as violence has escalated, thenumber of people fleeing Syria for neighboring countries in the first few months of this year had jumped and resources are wearing thin. According to refugee agency officials, between 7,000 and 8,000 Syrians flee the country every day—most of them traumatized children under the age of 11. Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq, and Egypt are the most popular destinations for refugees.

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