The conflict in Syria leads to huge wave of refugees
According to the United Nations Commission for Refugees more than 2 million people have left Syria since the beginning of the military conflict there 3 months ago. Additional 4 million people have their homes destroyed and have been displaced within the borders of Syria. With no sign for the end of the conflict more refugees are expected in the future. The United Nations claims that Syria has become the worst refugee crisis since the Vietanm War which happened 40 years ago. The statement said ‘The war is now into its third year and Syria is haemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their backs. This trend is nothing less than alarming, representing a jump of almost 1.8m people in 12 months’.
In addition to the 6 million people that were displaced more than 100 000 people have lost their lives in the conflict and around one third of the country’s population left their homes. Over ten percent of the population left the country. Over 5,000 people a day are streaming over Syria’s borders into Turkey, Lebanon, Egypt, Jordan and Iraq. 97% of internationally displaced refugees are living in these countries. The UNHCR warns that there is no end in sight to this exodus and warns that the implications for these countries could be dire.
The conflict in Syria has reached a new low in august when a gas attack in Damascus killed more than 1400 people. The government denied any responsibility and blamed the attack on rebel forces. The US president Barack Obama has threatened the Syrian government that the chemical attack has crossed the “red line” on the use of chemical weapons and warned that this could prompt a US military intervention in the conflict which on its turin will push the crisis even deeper.