A look at the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis

  • By Patricia Edung

A look at the Syrian civil war and refugee crisis

From the term civil war, the story of just how much damage said war would cause civilians is told in a few words.

We understand that there have been wars from the beginning of time, but in 2019, it has begun to feel like the name Syria is now synonymous with heartbreaking human tragedy.

Tagged the biggest humanitarian crisis of our era by the U.N’s high commissioner for refugees Antonio Gutierrez in 2014, this unending nightmare has definitely earned that title.

The war which begun to escalate in 2011 due to poor human right conditions recorded about 13.5 million Syrians who required humanitarian assistance in 2016.

Over half a million people met a terrifying end during the war in 2011, and about 200,000 civilians made up that number of casualties.

Who would have thought that just asking to be treated right by one's own country could lead to such a tragedy as an unending civil war?

Out of that incredible number (13.5 million), had 5 million refugees who had crossed the international borders, and at least six million who were internally displaced in their country.

As the war intensified in 2011, some of their neighboring countries stepped up to offer asylum to the Syrian refugees. These countries included Egypt, Lebanon, Jordan, turkey. (There is still hope for humanity yet)

The refugee camps set up in these neighboring countries were home to 5,500-8,500 refugees of which 2, 500 were registered in Lebanon. An unknown number of unregistered refugees and 1,500 registered in Jordan at the end of 2011.

These countries decided to make things more official by joining in on the regional refugee and resilience plan (3rp) in 2015.

The regional refugee and resilience plan was to serve as some sort of coordination platform and crisis relief championed by the neighboring Syrian countries and Egypt, which excluded Israel.

It was also reported that the Syrian war had contributed to the number of over 50 million refugees worldwide by the UNHCR. This number has been said to be exceeded for the first time since the Second World War.


We have always wondered though, how can a tragedy set in motion and sustained by humans, take so long to get under control?

The unyielding nature of the Syrian war and their refugee situation begs the question of if the main players in this tragedy really see nothing wrong with the whole situation?

Would there ever be a time that they would feel some sort of remorse or even just tire out from all that chaos?

It’s been years, so your guess is just as good as ours.

Despite the hard efforts of people and organizations all over the world to offer relief to the people of the Syrian tragedy, there hasn't still been a substantial handle on the situation.

This lack of relief is largely talked about in terms of offering asylum to the Syrian refugees.

Another question comes to mind when you really think about it.

If just trying to get these people to safety doesn't seem to be doing much to manage the situation as a whole, do you think that trying to get these people some sort of rehabilitation would ever make a dent in the bucket?

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