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Syrian Refugee Crisis

Since the outbreak of the Syrian Civil War in March of 2011, many Syrian civilians have fled out of their home country, seeking for protection and disassociation from the violence occurring at home. As many as 220,000 people were killed due to the constant bombings of cities, the scarcity of food, as well as the lack of medical care. The fear of dying as well as the hope for a safer, better life, sparked many Syrians to take the chance of escaping the dangerous country. UN’s Refugee Agency stated that more than 4 million people fled to neighboring countries- over half of them being children. The majority of the people escaped to Jordan and Lebanon, where they were offered assistance from aid agencies (including food and clothes). However, with the limited resources and unstable infrastructure the countries of Jordan and Lebanon contained, the native people as well as the new Syrian population started to face greater strains of economic and social hardships. Recently, the number of Syrian refugees fleeing across Turkish borders have increased, overwhelming many host communities as well as creating cultural tensions. This led to more economic spending in order to support the mass number of people coming over, from USD 17.7 million in 2010 to USD 320.16 million in 2015 according to UN Refugee Agency. Such spending would slowly lower the Turkish economic stability, creating more problems for the people of Turkey. Brave and more risky refugees have tried crossing the Mediterranean Sea to settle in Greece and Europe in search for better lives, but many did not make it across.

Many humanitarian organizations are teaming up with the U.N. in hopes of actively helping and reaching out to the refugees. Although some relief is occurring, there is still a big hole to fill. In December 2014, the U.N. estimated that $8.4 billion was necessary to completely meet the needs of everyone affected by the crisis- an amount of money which is very hard to dig up instantly. Although the refugees may be living a relatively  safer life outside of Syria, many are still without proper shelter, clean water, food, and jobs. Host countries are beginning to create more camps for the refugees to seek shelter in, however the majority still live outside of these camps. Younger refugees have an uncertain future ahead of them, many of them scared and confused by the experience of war and abandonment of home.

Although the Syrian Refugee Crisis is filled with heartbreaking, somber events, many people around the world are still raising awareness and are helping to support the cause. Many organizations including World Vision, Mercy Corps, and CARE are fundraising money that will be used to aid the refugees. Through the constant support of outsiders and people not affected by the crisis, such conflict may soon be alleviated.