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September 4, 2015 - 

As the world watches drowned refugees wash up on Europe's beaches, the United States is also under pressure to do more to help the desperate victims of Syria's civil war. David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, also paid tribute to the outsize role the world's biggest economy usually plays, but pointed to a problem.

"There was a record last year of 20 million refugees around the world. Those who are resettled in richer countries are around 150,000 or so. The US takes around 70,000," he told MSNBC, in an interview."But the record from Syria, I'm afraid does not amount to leadership. The United States since the Syria conflict began has taken 1,234 refugees, so more or less 250 a year."

September 4, 2015 - 

The photographs of 3-year-old Aylan Kurdi, his lifeless body washed up onto a Turkish beach, forced the current refugee crisis onto front pages, home pages and Facebook feeds across the world this week.

"The image resonates personally before it resonates professionally," David Miliband, president of the International Rescue Committee, and the former British foreign minister, told NPR. "Anyone's who got children can't help but think of the worst for the moment."

"In the case of this image it spoke to what's worse than a tragedy — a situation, in a way, that words don't do justice to," Miliband said.

September 3, 2015 - 

Kirk Day, the International Rescue Committee’s Emergency Field Director in Lesbos, described how thousands of refugees slept rough in the middle of the main port on Lesbos, Mytilini on Wednesday night. He says the aid organization has heard reports that the police have stopped registering refugees as they work to provide for the basic needs of the thousands camped there.

"This could not be happening at a worse possible time. The police at the port are responsible for issuing travel documents to refugees that allow them to travel to the mainland. With thousands desperate to leave Lesbos, any suspension in registrations is likely to result in a rapidly deteriorating situation and subsequent rise in tensions," said Day, in a statement released Wednesday. “The international community needs to wake up and respond urgently to the crisis on Lesbos. The registration process needs to be quicker and more ordered."

September 3, 2015 - 

The migrant crisis in Greece has been particularly severe on the island of Lesbos, which has seen a record number of refugees arriving this year, according to the British charity International Rescue Committee. With facilities on the island strained by the influx, thousands of refugees slept rough at Lesbos' main port overnight on Wednesday, the charity said. It urged police to speed up the registration process to avoid tensions on the island.