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The Syrian Refugee Crisis: ‘Historic’

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Recent events in Syria have created what The New York Times is calling an “historic” refugee crisis, with more than 2 million people leaving the country.

In August, hundreds of thousands poured over the border to Iraq, describing “a campaign by jihadi fighters to destroy agriculture and cut power and water supplies in Syrian Kurdish areas.” Lebanon’s population has exploded by 20 percent due to Syrian refugees, and Jordan is trying to deal with over half a million people seeking refuge from Syrian conflict.

The United Nations is comparing this crisis to the Rwandan genocide in 1994.

Read “The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis” in The New York Times.

Elise Hilton Communications Specialist at Acton Institute. M.A. in World Religions.

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