Syria is Groaning
Since the start of the war in Syria in early 2011, the number of people fleeing the country has swelled to more than 3 million – half of them children. And there is no end in sight for the brutal war which has claimed some 190,000 lives. Recent air strikes in the country are probably pushing more and more refugees across borders, and displacing thousands within the country itself, to the point that about 50% of all Syrians have been forced to flee their homes.
Horrifying conditions there are causing an explosion of refugees to neighbouring countries, the number having passed 2 million. The majority of displaced Syrians have crossed into Lebanon, Jordan and Turkey, with close to 1.2 million of those in Lebanon alone – though aid agencies concede the number could be much higher owing to unregistered refugees who have settled in makeshift communities.
The crisis in Syria has continued unabated since 2011. More than 250,000 people have been killed and over half of Syria’s people have fled their homes to seek refuge wherever they can find it.
13 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance to survive. 5 million of them are children.