We care about stories. We care about the individual lives impacted by overarching, complex events. We care about the names and faces behind the numbers and statistics. But we also recognize that stories have their context, that it is important to understand a little about the overarching events, that statistics give us a sense of scope beyond the individual story.
So in an attempt to help give a little context to the forthcoming stories from refugees fleeing the civil war in Syria, we have compiled a (very) brief history of the conflict. Yes, it is stripped from most of its humanity, it is dates and numbers, it is barely a story. It is also stripped of the horror of war – of bombs and fires and gunshots, of rubble and destruction, of rapes and kidnapping and rampant violence, of absolute fear and wrenching grief. It is not a summary to neatly wrap-up the violence in Syria, it is a starting point, a table upon which we can rest the stories from lives affected by this data.
Below are the sources for this information – go check them out to learn more about this complex, ongoing conflict
BBC: Guide: Syria Crisis
BBC: Syria: The Story of Conflict
BBC: Syria’s Refugee Exodus
BBC: Zaatari Refugee Camp