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Zaatari Refugee Camp Photos Highlight Enormity Of Syria's Refugee Crisis

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An average of 6,000 Syrians a day have fled their war-torn country since the beginning of 2013, in what the United Nations considers one of the worst humanitarian crises in recent history. More than 1.8 million Syrians have officially registered as refugees since the start of the conflict in March 2011, taking shelter in neighboring countries Jordan, Iraq, Turkey and Lebanon.

The photos below, taken during U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry's trip to Jordan, are a shocking reminder of the scale of the Syrian refugee crisis. According to AFP, Zaatari is now home to 160,000 Syrians, a number that would equal the population of Jordan's fifth-largest city. The AP puts the population at 115,000.

According to the U.N., the war in Syria is the worst humanitarian crisis since the 1994 genocide in Rwanda, with more than 93,000 people already having lost their lives.

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An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp on July 18, 2013 near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp on July 18, 2013 near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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An aerial view shows the Zaatari refugee camp on July 18, 2013 near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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US Secretary State John Kerry looks out of a helicopter's window at Zaatari refugee camp on July 18, 2013 while flying to the camp near the Jordanian city of Mafraq, some 8 kilometers from the Jordanian-Syrian border. (MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)

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