U.N.: Syrian Conflict Is the Worst Refugee Crisis Since Rwanda
July 17, 2013
The U.N. has said that the conflict in Syria is reaching such drastic proportions that it may be the worst refugee crisis since the Rwandan genocide in 1994. According to Ivan Simonovic, the assistant secretary for Human Rights at the U.N., an estimated 5,000 people are killed each month in the conflict. More than 1.8 million Syrians have fled to neighboring countries as refugees. Previous U.N. reports about the Syrian crisis revealed that women and children are among the victims, and that war crimes like the use of child soldiers and chemical weapons are prevalent.
Last month, they estimated that at least 93,000 people have been killed since the uprising against President Bashar al-Assad sparked the civil conflict in 2011. A U.N. envoy to Iraq has also reported that “battlefields are merging” in violent areas near the border of the two countries …