UNHCR appeals for urgent aid for Iraqi refugees

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) has urged the United States and others to assist Syria and Jordan, the two countries caring for the biggest proportion of Iraqi refugees.

“It is unconscionable that generous host countries be left on their own to deal with such a huge crisis,” UNHCR spokesperson Ron Redmond said. “We strongly urge governments to step forward now to support them in dealing with this situation and renew our call for international solidarity and burden sharing.”

Syria and Jordan have estimated 2 million Iraqi refugees between them.