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Syria's rising displacement crisis

More than half a million people have fled Syria for neighbouring countries, even Iraq (Domiz camp, Kurdistan region, Iraq) Jodi Hilton/IRIN
Domiz refugee camp, Kurdistan region, Iraq (Dec 2012)

"There is no safe place in Syria any more."

The words of one displaced man may be a bit of an exaggeration, but they are symptomatic of how many Syrians feel after nearly two years of conflict.

More than half a million Syrians have fled their country; registering with the UN Refugee Agency in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, even Iraq - living in difficult conditions in tented camps or with families that have taken them in. The better-off have left for North Africa, the Gulf and Europe.

Others affected by the violence do not make it out - either unable or reluctant to cross international borders. At least two million are displaced from their homes - living in thousands of schools and unfinished public buildings in Syria, subject to the elements and struggling to find food for their families.

Aid agencies expect the number of people seeking refuge abroad to double in the next six months, surpassing one million, as the conflict continues to ruin people's lives.

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