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Two million Syrians are now Refugees

Two million Syrians are now Refugees

September 3, 2013

Oxfam’s Syria Response Campaign Manager, Claire Seaward, based in Jordan, said, “We are appalled that this landmark has been reached today.

“Enough is enough. A generation of Syrians is paying too high a price in this conflict. They have been seriously let down by the international community, which has failed to prioritise a political solution to the conflict. That must change. World leaders – especially President Obama and President Putin – must ensure the long-promised peace talks take place as soon as possible.

“Every day more refugees cross the borders into neighbouring countries – often traumatised and in need of the basics: food, water and shelter. But the humanitarian response to the crisis is stretched to the limit. Donor countries must continue to dig deep and donate to the UN appeals that are still only 41 per cent funded.”
 
Robert Fox, Oxfam Canada Executive Director, stated, "We cannot stand by silently and watch the tragedy in Syria continue to escalate. The international community must speak with one voice and advocate for peace talks directly brokered by the United States and Russia."
 

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More information:

Katia Gianneschi
Media Relations Officer
Oxfam Canada
613-240-3047
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Text of UNHCR release

 

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