Facts help put things into perspective. These facts show the consequences of one of the worst conflicts of the century
Started in 2011 following anti-government protests, the conflict slowly turned into a massive war that has caused many regional damages and international political issues. Here are some keys numbers you need to know.
1. 4.6 million: the total number of registered refugees worldwide.
2. 2,503,550: the number of refugees in Turkey. This also happens to be the highest number of refugees in a single country.
3. 8,060: the number of asylum demands in the UK.
4. 250, 000: the number of people that have died since the beginning of the Syrian conflict.
5. 5 years: the war’s duration.
6. 11 million: the number of people that have fled their houses.
7. 3: number of countries that support the Hezbollah movement which is in favour of the Islamic State; they are Russia, Iran, and Lebanon.
8. 6: number of countries which are fighting the Islamic State: Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, UK, US, and France.
9. £5 billion: the amount of money needed to respond to the urgent needs of the most exposed Syrians in 2016, according to the U.N.
10. 23 million: number of Syrians that need humanitarian help.
11. 20 years ago: end of the Rwandan exodus. The Syrian exodus is predicted to be the worst exodus since the Rwandan one.
12. 8: number of important things the Syrian people have lost during the war, which include going to school or having access to clean water.
13. 50 per cent: more than 50 per cent of the refugees are children that have lost everything they had (family, home, school, and friends).
14. 30 litres: the amount of clean water the largest refugee camps use per person, per day. That is one-tenth the amount a regular American uses.
15. 500, 000: the estimated number of Syrian people helped by the UN every month.