Syria Refugee Situation Rapidly Deteriorating, Save the Children Warns, as UN Announces $1 Billion Aid Appeal

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GENEVA (Dec. 19, 2012) — The situation facing Syrian refugees is rapidly deteriorating, Save the Children warned today, as the UN announced it was appealing for $1 billion to help the growing number of refugees.

"The number of refugees now far outstrips what was predicted at the beginning of the year. Many of these are families who fled with nothing through the most appalling conflict, and their children are facing a harsh winter without proper shelter and clothing," said Mike Penrose, Save the Children's humanitarian director.

"The scale of the UN appeal reflects how serious this situation has become, and all the predictions are that it will get a lot worse. The challenge now is finding donors willing to step up and fund this; unless they do, hundreds of thousands of refugees will not get the lifesaving help they need."

Read the UN Press release here.

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