The number of Syrian children forced to flee their devastated homeland reached 1 million on Friday, half of all the refugees driven abroad by a conflict that shows no sign of ending, the United Nations said.
Another two million Syrian minors are uprooted within their country where they are often attacked, recruited as fighters, and deprived of their education, the UN refugee agency UNHCR and UN Children’s Fund (UNICEF) said.
The 1 million mark was a “shameful milestone” in the two-and-a-half year conflict that has cost at least 100,000 lives, the UN agencies said.
Am I happy about the child refugees? No. But what on earth could I or the West, do to stop it? Absolutely nothing. Of course they do not say who should be ashamed, but one gets a certain impression. The blame, in my opinion, lies with Islam and its extreme intolerance of anyone even slightly different (as in the Syrian Alawites). And perhaps with Middle Eastern cultural in general. I am not ashamed–sorry, UN.