Syria: The World’s Largest Refugee Crisis
Since conflict erupted in Syria in March 2011, millions have been impacted by years of relentless, brutal strife, which has killed hundreds of thousands of people, torn families apart, and caused physical, psychological, emotional and material devastation that will take decades to rebuild.
Now in its 10th year, the Syrian crisis is the world’s largest refugee and displacement crisis.
About 5.6 million Syrians have been fled their country and another 6.2 million people are internally displaced. Nearly 12 million people in Syria need humanitarian assistance to survive. More than 50% of those affected by the refugee crisis are children.
The protracted war has wrecked social and economic activity and decimated infrastructure. Healthcare centers and hospitals, schools, utilities, and water and sanitation systems have been severely damaged or completely destroyed. Historic landmarks and once-busy marketplaces have been reduced to rubble.