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Syria: One Million Children Have Fled Conflict
One million children have fled war-torn Syria and another two million have been displaced by the civil war, according to the UN.
Children make up half of all refugees from more than two years of conflict in the country, the latest figures show.
Most have found a haven in Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq or Egypt, but they are increasingly fleeing to North Africa and Europe.
Anthony Lake, head of UN children's agency Unicef, said in a statement: "This one millionth child refugee is not just another number.
"This is a real child ripped from home, maybe even from a family, facing horrors we can only begin to comprehend."
The UN's most recent figures show that some 740,000 Syrian refugees are under the age of 11.
Antonio Guterres, UN high commissioner for refugees, said: "What is at stake is nothing less than the survival and wellbeing of a generation of innocents.
"The youth of Syria are losing their homes, their family members and their futures.
"Even after they have crossed a border to safety, they are traumatised, depressed and in need of a reason for hope."
More than two million children have been driven from their homes in the face of the civil war.
The UN said more than 100,000 people have been killed in the conflict, which started as a crackdown on protests against the regime of President Bashar al Assad in March 2011.
According to the organisation's human rights division, some 7,000 of the dead were youngsters.
The UN also warned the refugee children face the threat of child labour, early marriage and the potential for sexual exploitation and trafficking.
More than 3,500 children in Jordan, Lebanon and Iraq have crossed Syria's borders unaccompanied or separated from their families.