The number of Syrians who have fled abroad since the outbreak of civil war in their country has risen to more than 4 million, the largest number from any crisis in almost 25 years, the United Nations said Thursday.
A recent wave of people leaving Syria and an update of Turkish statistics confirm the tragic milestone, according to the UN refugee agency,
UNHCR. The agency said in a statement that 7.6 million additional people are displaced from their homes within Syria. “This is the biggest refugee population from a single conflict in a generation,” said UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres 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.”