Nightly News | September 11, 2012
>>> now we go to syria , where the civil war has triggered a growing humanitarian crisis that we're on the ground to see. more than a quarter million syrians have been forced to flee their own country. most of them to crowded refugee camps in turkey, lebanon and iraq and jordan . ann curry is reporting from there this week and is with us from there again tonight.
>> reporter: brian, good evening. it's not just the number of people who have been affected. but how vicious this war has become. the government has the heavy weapons and is using them, but atrocities have been alearned by both sides. the u.n. has reported that even children have been tortured, killed and used as human shields . civil war is turning syria into an unimaginable hell. the fighting is intensifying. the government attacks are more indiscriminate. even small children now know to run. people do what they can to help the injured. while thousands flee the country. desperate to get out of harm's way. refugee camps are filling up. today actor and activist angelina jolie , a special u.n. envoy drew a crush of news cameras as she visited a camp in jordan . she was visibly moved by what she saw.
>> it is a horrific situation and very critical time. hundreds and hundreds of people are dying every day.
>> reporter: the desperation jolie witnessed has become commonplace. near the syrian border our news team saw a pickup truck speeding into jordan . and jordanian soldiers raced to bring the injured man with a critical neck injury to safety. his name is mohammed , a 20-year-old farmer. he had been driving a truck to pick up a relative when a bomb struck. he says he blacked out. it was the day before his wedding. medics struggled to keep him from slipping away. they don't believe he will survive. two days later we found mohammed alive in a jordanian hospital. and eager to speak with his fiancee back in syria . we help him make the call. his joy is immediate. he tells her, when i regained consciousness, i was thinking about you the whole time. come over here, come over. she says, how can i come over. mohammed knows she cannot easily make the journey. he's already planning to return to her in syria . he tells her, you are the love of my life . two lives and a country torn apart by war. today the head of the u.n. refugee agency and jordan foreign minister made an urgent appeal for more international aide to help a growing flood of refugees. brian?
>> ann curry continuing her reporting from the region for us tonight. ann, thanks.