Syrian drought triggers rural exodus

Published on 29 August 2010

As you drive along the Euphrates river in northern Syria, you see lush green fields, but keep travelling east, and the land that was once filled with life is now dry, barren and empty. (..) The United Nations and the Red Cross along with the Syrian government are providing some help to the families. The World Food Programme (WFP) has started to distribute food to more than 200,000 people and the Red Cross has funded water deliveries. The UN estimates around 800,000 people have left their homes.

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