Syria life expectancy drops by 20 years

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Yazidi refugees, including several children, go about their lives in Nawrouz refugee camp, approximately 40 kilometres from the Syrian border with Iraq. Photo: UNICEF/Razan Rashidi

Life expectancy in Syria has dropped by 20 years, the UN humanitarian chief told ambassadors meeting in New York on Tuesday.

This is just one of the shocking figures resulting from six years of conflict which has killed more than a quarter of a million people, generated an unending wave of refugees, and decimated the economy and society.

Dianne Penn reports on an informal briefing by UN officials looking at the political, humanitarian and human rights aspects of the conflict.

Duration: 2’57″

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