The year 2011 was one that defined a lot for North African countries such as Egypt, Tunisia and Libya. They beat the odds and rose up to their corrupt governments and were very successful at removing their leaders from power. However one particular country did not see such a glorious ending to their uprising. Following the examples of its neighboring countries, the Syrian uprising began on March 15th 2011 and is still ongoing. What was originally meant to be an uprising to force the resignation of president Bachaar Al-Assad became a full blown civil war. In April 2011 the Syrian government ordered to open fire at the Syrian population causing protests to become armed rebellions.
Now after a year and a half of unceasing conflict, one may wonder the dimensions of the tragedy that has occurred in this country. According to the Boston Globe nearly 30,000 people have died in Syria over the past year and a half. About 1.5 million find themselves homeless after the numerous bombings in the cities of Damascus, Aleppo and Homs. As many as 250,000 people have had to seek refuge in neighboring countries like Turkey, Lebanon and Jordan. About $350 million dollars have been spent in humanitarian aid yet about 1.5 million people are still in need of food and basic sanitary products.
The amount of damage caused by this war is beyond what the original protesters bargained for when the uprising started in 2011. About 2,000 schools have been destroyed and entire cities have been burned to ashes. However the U.N. does not see an easy way out of this war due to Assad’s refusal to hand over the presidency.