Interview: UN's Valerie Amos on Syria's refugee crisis

UN humanitarian chief says body facing aid-delivery challenges as number of refugees increases "rapidly month by month".

    The UN says more than 12 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance after being forced to flee their homes due to the country's civil war.

    Valerie Amos, the UN's humanitarian chief, told Al Jazeera that the numbers were "going up rapidly month by month".

    "Four years ago we were talking about one million people in need, now it's 12 million, the reality is much worse on the ground," she said.

    Amos added that the UN was facing many challenges in delivering aid to the refugees.

    The increasingly fragmented conflict raging in Syria has claimed more than 210,000 lives since erupting in March 2011.

    SOURCE: Al Jazeera


    YOU MIGHT ALSO LIKE

    How different voting systems work around the world

    How different voting systems work around the world

    Nearly two billion voters in 52 countries around the world will head to the polls this year to elect their leaders.

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    How Moscow lost Riyadh in 1938

    Russian-Saudi relations could be very different today, if Stalin hadn't killed the Soviet ambassador to Saudi Arabia.

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    The great plunder: Nepal's stolen treasures

    How the art world's hunger for ancient artefacts is destroying a centuries-old culture. A journey across the Himalayas.