We all know something is going on in Syria. But what exactly? What has happened since the beginning and, most of all, why?
Here are a few significant statistics regarding the conflict. Since March of 2011…
- Well over 100,000 people have lost their lives. To put that in perspective, think of the size of your college and how many students it had. Picture multiplying that number of people until you get to 100,000. They’re all dead.
- An estimated 9 million people have fled their homes. To put that in perspective, it’s like if everyone on Manhattan island were forced to leave (and never return to their home as they knew it). Times five.
- Lebanon, a country of just over 4 million people, has already absorbed over 1 million refugees, and the number is growing daily. That’s like if the entire country of Canada took up residence in the United States. Twice over.
Part of the reason it’s easy to be under-informed is that, well… it’s complicated. Which is why this brief storied timeline from the BBC is a great find. The post moves quickly, but addresses the origins and complications of the ongoing conflict.
Living in the Middle East, it’s admittedly easier to know and understand a bit more about the conflict. Even still, I didn’t have a good grasp on events until I came across the BBC post.
Is there anything you wonder about regarding the Syrian conflict? Share in the comments and maybe we can sort it out together.