“Life of Syrian refugees is like quicksand – every time you move,...

“Life of Syrian refugees is like quicksand – every time you move, you sink down further”

The civil war for five years has increased mendicancy, prostitution and refugees seeking child labor as a last resort

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The Syrian war entered the fifth year worsening the situation for millions of refugees and displaced people. On the 12th the UNHCR warned they might face a more dismal future if there is no international support. Because there is no sign of an end of this war, there is a little chance that the 3.9 million Syrian refugees who are currently living in exile in Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan, Iraq and Egypt will be able to return home.

The UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres reiterated “much, much more needed to be done to pull Syrians out of their nightmare of suffering.” “After years in exile, refugees’ savings are long depleted and growing numbers are resorting to begging, survival sex and child labour. … one father said life as a refugee was like being stuck in quicksand – every time you move, you sink down further,” he said.

Reporter Lee Seul [dew@newshankuk.com]