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UN agency says #Syrian war has produced more than 1M child refugees

UN agency says #Syrian war has produced more than 1M child refugees

GENEVA — It's shaping up to be a lost generation: The number of child refugees fleeing Syria's violence has now topped the 1 million mark. The grim milestone announced Friday by U.N. officials means as many Syrian children have been uprooted from their homes or families as the number of children who live in Wales, or in Boston and Los Angeles combined, said Antonio Guterres, the head of the Office for the U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees. "Can you imagine Wales without children? Can you imagine Boston and Los Angeles without children?" Guterres told reporters in Geneva. Roughly half of all the nearly 2 million registered refugees from Syria are children and 740,000 of those are under the age of 11, according to the U.N. refugee and children's agencies. Guterres said the horrors of war experienced by these children puts them in grave danger of becoming a "lost generation...

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