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March 6th, 2013
06:30 AM ET

Syrian refugee count reaches 1 million – Nick Paton Walsh reports


One million lives uprooted. One million desperate souls trying to start anew with nothing, far away from home.

The number of Syrians who fled the country since the civil war began almost two years ago reached 1 million on Wednesday, the U.N. refugee agency said.

That number represents about 5% of Syria's total population, with an average of almost 1,400 refugees spilling across the border daily.

It's like the entire population of Prague, Czech Republic, walking away.

"With a million people in flight, millions more displaced internally, and thousands of people continuing to cross the border every day, Syria is spiraling towards full-scale disaster," U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said. "This tragedy has to be stopped."

CNN's Nick Paton Wals reports more on the refugee crisis on "Early Start" today.

READ MORE: U.N.: Syrian exodus reaches 1 million

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