"I didn't understand how to save. I'd spend small amounts on nothing," says Mysoon Al Harthy, a 45-year-old Iraqi refugee woman living in Jordan. "Now I have a lot of savings."
The political and diplomatic crisis in Syria have caught the world's attention. But the continuing conflict is also producing a humanitarian crisis: millions of refugees. And the world is only now becoming aware of the scale of the problem.
More than 2 million Syrians have fled their country, according to the United Nations refugee agency. With nowhere to go and often with just the clothes on their backs, many end up in refugee camps that are both overcrowded and overwhelmed.
The United Nations announced last week that the number of Syrian refugees has surpassed the 2 million mark. This hour, Kathleen Dun and her guests talk about the humanitarian crisis in the region.
President Obama will deliver a prime time address on Syria Tuesday evening. In the meantime, a humanitarian organization headquartered in Atlanta is providing assistance to those fleeing the country in large numbers.
The UN says more than 2 million refugees have left Syria. But while up to 70,000 refugees fled to Jordan in early 2013, the stream has dwindled to a trickle. Aid workers believe the Jordanian government has closed the border, but Jordan says it's due to Syrian fighting.
CARE calls for peaceful political resolution to the conflict