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'We Are Broke' U.N. Says as Syria Refugee Funds Dry Up

'We Are Broke' U.N. Says as Syria Refugee Funds Dry Up

GENEVA (Reuters) – The United Nations gave its starkest warning yet on Friday that it would soon run out of cash to cope with the vast influx of Syrian refugees into Jordan and other neighboring countries.

“The needs are rising exponentially, and we are broke,” Marixie Mercado, spokeswoman for the U.N. Children’s Fund UNICEF, told a U.N. news conference in Geneva.

The number of people fleeing in the world’s worst refugee crisis has repeatedly outrun the U.N.’s expectations. The 1.25 million refugees, three-quarter of them women and children, is 10 percent higher than had been expected by June.

With more than 3.6 million people internally displaced within Syria and no end to the two-year conflict in sight, there is every chance that the exodus could keep growing.

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