IRC in the News
Selena Nguyen's family arrived in Phoenix as Vietnamese refugees with few valuables in the 1980s. One day Nguyen came home to find that her parents had been in a car accident. They didn't speak English, and could not explain what happened to the police.
Trauma among refugees is an enormous problem, according to Sherizaan Minwalla, an International Rescue Committee coordinator. Most have heard reports of women being raped, forced into jihadist marriages with ISIS fighters or sold as slaves.
David Miliband, former British foreign secretary and the current head of the International Rescue Committee, was quick to react to the new refugee tally.
"The three million refugees from the Syria conflict represent three million indictments of government brutality, opposition violence and international failure," he said in a statement.
The civil war in Syria has forced a record 3 million people out of the country as more than a million people fled in the past year, the U.N. refugee agency said Friday.
International Rescue Committee President David Miliband said the Syrian refugee crisis represents “3 million indictments of government brutality, opposition violence and international failure.”
Kate Phillips-Barrasso, director of policy and advocacy at the International Rescue Committee, says the sheer disruptiveness of Syria’s violence, rather than any lack of attention, explains the desperate refugee situation.
“It’s not just getting aid inside Syria, but there are some areas that are just almost impossible to reach,” she said.