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3 grim statistics from 3 years of conflict in Syria

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The Syrian conflict reaches the grim milestone of its three-year anniversary on Saturday and shows little sign of abating.

Here are three grim statistics on what unfolds on average, using figures from the last year, each day it continues:

Every minute: Three Syrians become refugees abroad.

Some 2.5 million people have sought refuge outside the country, according to the United Nations. About 1.5 million of those fled in the past year – a staggering 4,110 a day. Syria's neighbors are poorly equipped to deal with the influx, and humanitarian agencies face huge funding shortfalls.

Every two minutes: Eight children inside Syria are forced to flee their homes.

The number of displaced children in Syria has more than tripled over the past year, from 920,000 to nearly 3 million, according to UNICEF. In its latest report, the agency warned of a lost generation as many struggle to find food, access health care or psychological support, and go without schooling. 

Every 10 minutes: One person dies.

More than 146,000 people have been killed, according to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, an opposition group that tracks the death toll. Over the past year deaths have averaged more than 170 a day, it says. The United Nations has given up counting. The war dead in just three years is in line with the number estimated killed in 15 years of civil war in Lebanon.

Loveday Morris is The Post's Baghdad bureau chief. She joined The Post in 2013 as a Beirut-based correspondent. She has previously covered the Middle East for The National, based in Abu Dhabi, and for the Independent, based in London and Beirut.

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