The tragic numbers behind Syria’s civil war

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The tragic numbers behind Syria’s civil war

A boy walks through a displacement camp in Syria. Photo courtesy Mercy Corps

Seven years after peaceful protests spiraled into a brutal civil war, the conflict in Syria continues, with Syria's citizens gaining little reprieve from the hardship they face as victims of war. The persistent violence within the country has resulted in the largest refugee crisis since World War II.

March 15 marks seven years of conflict in the country, with no end in sight. For more information on how the conflict began and has progressed, check out CNN’s in-depth timeline.

These are the numbers that tell Syria’s story.










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7: Years the conflict has plagued the country.

22 million: Population of Syria in 2010, before the war began.

470,000+: The estimated number of Syrians who have been killed due to the conflict.

1 in 10: Syrians who have been killed or injured since the start of the war—the equivalent of the population of Paris.

5.5 million: Number of refugees who have fled the country in the last seven years.

6.5 million: Internally displaced persons within the country.

2.6 million: Refugees under the age of 18.











3.3 million: Syrians being hosted by Turkey alone.

1.5 million: Syrian refugees living in Jordan and Lebanon.

13.1 million: People in Syria that are classified as “in need” by the UN High Commissioner for Refugees.











3 million: People in hard-to-reach and besieged areas of the country.

More than 1,000: People killed in Eastern Ghouta since mid-February 2018. Located just east of Damascus, Eastern Ghouta has been under siege since 2013. At least an additional 2,000 people have been injured there in recent weeks.

70: The percent of Syria’s population that lacks access to adequate drinking water.

1 in 3: People who are unable to meet their basic food needs.

4 out of 5: People who live in poverty.

2 million: Children who are out of school due to the conflict.

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3 million: Inhabitants who left Aleppo, one of the world’s oldest cities, in the midst of war. This is half the original population. Aleppo is a UNESCO protected world heritage site. This BBC news article shows how war ravaged the city.

80: The percent of the city of Raqqa that is estimated by the UN to be uninhabitable.This staggering video by the Washington Post shows the destruction. This article, published by Al Masdar news in December of 2017, shows the scale of destruction in the city.

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