WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Two U.N. agencies said the number of registered child refugees fleeing Syria’s violence has topped the one million mark Friday.
According to CBS News, roughly half of all the nearly two million registered refugees from Syria are children, and some 740,000 of those are under the age of 11.
“This one millionth child refugee is not just another number,” Anthony Lake, head of UNICEF, explained to CBS News. “This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend.”
Child labor, early marriage, sexual exploitation and trafficking are threats that are rising for refugee children.
More than 3,500 children have crossed Syria’s borders unaccompanied or separated from their families into Lebanon, Iraq and Jordan, according to U.N. figures.
The unrest in Syria began in March 2011 and has now exploded into a civil war.
Thursday more strikes were launched Thursday outside Damascus by Syrian forces.
The attacks occurred near the area where rebels claim chemical weapons killed hundreds Wednesday.
The Obama administration is facing increased pressure to take action on Syria.
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