VOICES FROM THE FIELDTHE IRC BLOG
Quoted: "Harrowing" stories from Syrian refugees
November 30, 2012 by The IRC
|A doctor examines a young Syrian refugee at an International Rescue Committee clinic in Ramtha, Jordan. Photo: Ned Colt/IRC|
"The stories from refugees we met about what drove them out of Syria were harrowing - massive destruction from random shelling and bombing, arrests and torture, attacks on families, including rape, rapidly disappearing medical and education services, and dwindling supplies of increasingly expensive food. The picture was of a Syria much more badly destroyed than generally thought, and likely to emerge from war in desperate shape, whatever the outcome of the conflict."
- Sir John Holmes, co-chair of the International Rescue Committee UK, director of The Ditchley Foundation, and former UN Under Secretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs. Read his commentary "Syrian Refugees: The World Is Not Doing Enough" in Huffington Post UK (November 26, 2012)
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