Syrian War

I feel it is important to keep the news alive when it starts to fade out of the public consciousness. No matter how many times I watch this video which was made a year ago, the complexities confound me and the scale of suffering I cannot imagine.

Quick facts:

There are more than 4.7 million Syrian refugees. More than 13.5 million need assistance inside Syria. Half the country’s pre-war population- more than 11 million people have been killed or forced to flee their homes.

More than 250,000 people have been killed. Some say between 300,000 and 470,000. What is certain that it will have gone up from when you started reading this.

To see all the names of all the children would take over 19 hours.

Andrew Mitchell MP was a stand-in speaker at a dinner I went to this week. He was co-Chair with the late Jo Cox MP of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Syria and I was Read More


March 2011- Syria Civil War

Truly the death of one man is a tragedy. The deaths of millions is a statistic.

Since March 2011 a brutal civil war has consumed the residents of Syria killing some 250,000- 400,000 people. An estimated half are believed to be civilians. Some 14,000 children are reported killed. Half the country’s pre-war population- some 11 million people- have been either killed or forced to leave their homes. There are some 4.3 million refugees.

The hope with the Arab Spring pro-democracy uprisings are a distant memory replaced with a ruinous future and loss.

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