U.S. doubles refugee aid to U.N.


The United States on Thursday doubled its aid to the U.N. refugee organization to some $890 million, and officials said another person flees home to escape war and strife every four seconds.

U.N. High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Guterres said the world is now struggling with more refugees and displaced people than at any time since the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

Most of those refugees are streaming out of Syria. The UNHCR estimates that “in the first six months there will be more refugees coming out of Syria than all the refugees that came from all parts of the world into neighboring countries in the whole of 2012.”