Once Prosperous Syrians Now Living in Desperation

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The United Nations estimates more than 9 million Syrians are in need of humanitarian assistance because of the country's two-and-a-half-year civil war.

U.N. Humanitarian Chief Valerie Amos told the U.N. Security Council that of those in need, 6.5 million of them are displaced from their homes.

CBN News spoke with Nathanial Hurd, with World Vision, who said there's a sense of desperation now among the refugees.

"I think one thing that's important for a lot of Americans to realize is that many Syrians lived as we do here in the U.S. People had jobs, they lived in apartments, houses, they sent their kids to school and grocery stores, had cars and so on. That was before the conflict," he explained.

"Now the economy has totally collapsed many people have had to flee often in the middle of the night taking nothing with them. So there really is a sense of desperation," he added.

Violence and red tape have slowed down aid delivery in Syria. The U.N. Security Council is being asked to help ensure safe passage of medical personnel and supplies, as well as other humanitarian aid.

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