Syria’s civil war is an armed conflict that has created the worst humanitarian crisis since WWII. It began when Bashar al-Assad, President of Syria, began a crackdown on street protests against his regime. The Syrian government fails to protect its people from serious human rights abuses. Half the country’s pre-war population (more than 11 million people) have been killed or forced to flee their homes. 13.5 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance due to a violent civil war. 4.8 million Syrians are refugees, and 6.5 million are displaced within Syria; half of those affected are children.

Children affected by the Syrian conflict are at risk of becoming ill, malnourished, abused, or exploited. Besides food, there is also a serious electricity shortage. Satellite images show that Syria is 83% darker during the nighttime that when the war began. This is due to the destruction of infrastructure caused by regular bombings.

Whether in Syria or in refugee camps in Jordan and Lebanon, women and girls are being subjected to abuse and rape.

Many countries have offered to take in Syrian refugees, with Turkey being the biggest host. In almost every part of the globe, people are widely torn on whether these Syrian refugees pose a threat to their communities or not.

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