“This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation,” U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said in a statement. “It is a population that needs the support of the world but is instead living in dire conditions and sinking deeper into poverty.”
The last time a conflict produced so many refugees was during the 1990s civil war in Afghanistan, when the number of people driven from their country exceeded 4.6 million.
The massive exodus has stretched the resources of Syria’s neighbors to the breaking point.
“Worsening conditions are driving growing numbers towards Europe and further afield, but the overwhelming majority remain in the region,” Guterres said.
That bit about “Europe and further afield” might be worrisome, given that you never know who might be secreting themselves in with the actual refugees.
But don’t you worry — the 60 or so fighters we’ve trained in Syria will have a handle on this soon.