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Syria's refugee crisis is already the third worst in the last two decades.


With the UN reporting that nearly a million refugees have fled the fighting in Syria, the Economist ranks the Syrian war third among recent refugee crises. It still trails the first Iraq war and Rwanda in the terms of the numbers displaced during a given time period, but it may well catch up if the fighting continues and conditions inside the country continue to deteriorate.

The staggering refugee toll is putting a major strain on the countries surrounding Syria, particularly Jordan, Lebanon, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt. The BBC took a close look at how these refugees are living, and it isn't pretty.