The Syrian Civil War : The Worst Humanitarian Crisis Of Our Day

2117 Words Dec 5th, 2016 9 Pages
Brief Background
The Syrian civil war has been named the worst humanitarian crisis of our day. An estimated 13.4 million people are in desperate need of humanitarian aid (UNHCR). 4.7 million of whom have fled to bordering countries, while 8.7 million remain within the county’s borders – internally displaced (UNHCR). The conflict in Syria started in 2011 just as the Arab Uprisings began toppling authoritarian regimes in the Middle East. In March of 2011 Syria joined the uprisings by conducting anti-government protests and demonstrations of their own in Daraa, Syria. The government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, was quick to silence the voices of demonstrators and did so by immediately lashing out in violence. Dozens of individuals were killed during this initial demonstration, but the government crackdown would not silence the people. Syrians continued call for freedom and democracy fueled more protests throughout the country. Diffirent rebel groups were emerging with different agendas. Corruption became dominant and soon allowed for violent extremist groups, such as ISIS, to flourish. Between Assad’s regime, the various rebel groups, and extremist groups, attacks, torture, and executions have been widespread in Syria marking thousands of casualties and deaths.
Throughout 2011 and the coming years some members of the international community, including the US and the EU, imposed economic sanctions on Syria. However, such actions proved to be insufficient. Human rights…

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