Who is fighting who?
Many people believe that there are only two groups fighting over territory in Syria; ISIS (The Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) and the Syrian Government. However there are actually five main groups fighting in the war torn country: ISIS, The Syrian Government, The Rebels, The Kurds and Al Nusra(basically Al Qaeda). These five armed groups are fighting against each other and have caused the deaths of over 320,000 people and have left over 1.5 million severely injured since the war began in 2011.
What is life like in Syria for civilians?
Life in Syria is horrifying for the Syrian natives in what is the worst humanitarian disaster of our time. Basic essentials like water and electricity have been cut off from them and they are now forced to walk long distances carrying buckets of water for cooking, drinking and washing. Other necessities like medical care and sanitation are in short supply also. Bombs are destroying towns and cities leaving people homeless and human rights violations are widespread. Nearly 12 million people have been forced from their homes in Syria due to the fighting. Over half the population’s children are not in education also. Most of the population have lost their jobs so the natives resort to burglary and smuggling illegal drugs to put food on the table for their starving families. The families count there selves lucky if they manage to have one meal per day. These are just a few of the reasons why the many of the Syrian people are risking everything to cross the sea in search of a better life in Europe.
Where are the Syrians going to?
Due to the horrendous living conditions in their own country many of the Syrians opt to risk their lives fleeing the country hoping for a new start. An estimate of 9 million have fled their home since the outbreak of war in 2011. Over 3 million have fled to the immediate neighbours Turkey, Lebanon, Jordan and Iraq. Unfortunately many of the refugees are not welcomed in these countries. 5 million are internally displaced in the country of Syria. Some countries have agreed to take refugees such as Germany who have agreed to take in 800,000 refugees. However some countries have not accepted refugees in. Denmark for example put up an ad showing they would not accept any refugees. Luckily the attitude is turning more positive towards refugees in Europe.