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UN urges support for 15 million displaced by Syria and Iraq conflicts

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 01:30

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees says other countries must share the pressure Lebanon and Jordan are facing due to displacement of people from Iraq and Syria. Nathan Frandino reports.

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On the streets of one of the world's largest refugee camps, the Zaatari camp in Jordan, the United Nations Refugee Agency says resources are growing thin. Speaking at the World Economic Forum in the Dead Sea, High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres is calling for stronger humanitarian support. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES, ANTONIO GUTERRES, SAYING: "Almost 15 million people displaced in the Syria and Iraq context and it is absolutely essential to address their basic humanitarian needs." Many of those displaced escaped the horrors of war but have run into problems in Zaatari as well. (SOUNDBITE) (Arabic) SYRIAN REFUGEE, ABU EISSA, SAYING: "Our main problems here in Zaatari are electricity and water. God bless them. There are some services that they provide. Electricity has been out for five or six months. Some people have asthma in a very dusty weather. There are dust storms. People's lives are in danger." Guterres says Lebanon and Jordan cannot be the only countries bearing the brunt of the crisis. (SOUNDBITE) (English) UNITED NATIONS HIGH COMMISSIONER FOR REFUGEES, ANTONIO GUTERRES, SAYING: "We need to ask the international community to assume its responsibility and to express its solidarity with these countries that are in the first line of impact of this dramatic situation." With no end to the conflicts in sight, refugees here are left waiting, living in camps many refuse to call home.

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UN urges support for 15 million displaced by Syria and Iraq conflicts

Saturday, May 23, 2015 - 01:30