Each of last 1000 days a living nightmare for the Syrian people: Angelina Jolie

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UNHCR Special Envoy Angelina Jolie records the stories of refugees who have just escaped the war in Syria at the Jaber border crossing in Jordan on 18 June. © UNHCR/O.Laban-Mattei

Each of the last 1,000 days has been a living nightmare for the Syrian people, says Angelina Joile, Special Envoy of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees.

The award-winning American actress on Wednesday issued a statement marking 1,000 days since the start of the conflict in Syria.

She says "with much of the country difficult for aid workers and journalists to access and a quarter of a million people stranded in besieged areas, the full story of those 1,000 days has yet to be told."

But she adds, it is known that over 100,000 Syrians have died and at a minimum, "that is equivalent to 100 people being killed each day for 1,000 days"

Ms. Jolie says this "shocking milestone should spur everyone involved in the Geneva peace conference in January to make it a genuine turning point in the conflict."

"With each passing day life gets harder for the millions of Syrian refuges, half of them children" she warns.

Ms. Jolie expresses the hope "that governments around the world will feel compassion and a sense of responsibility for them and provide the increase in aid that is desperately needed."

Derrick Mbatha, United Nations.

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