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Thread #154894   Message #3652941
Posted By: Keith A of Hertford
22-Aug-14 - 09:04 AM
Thread Name: BS: Caliphate
Subject: RE: BS: Caliphate
Human cost of conflict in Syria/Iraq.
2.9m
Refugees have fled abroad to escape the fighting in Syria
1.2m
Iraqis have been internally displaced
10.8m Syrians in need of humanitarian aid
1m Iraqis living in refugee camps or receiving emergency supplies
2,410 tonnes Tents and equipment being sent to Iraq in massive UN aid operation
Source: OCHA

BBC.
"the war in Syria continues to rage and has spilled over into neighbouring states. The death toll is now approaching 200,000, according to activists.

The hope of salvation has now vanished for many Syrians.

Majed, an advocate of civil disobedience and opponent of armed rebellion, has left Syria.

"The world has failed the Syrian people," he says.

"After the chemical attack I saw many men around me turn to extremism. The disappointment caused by the West's inaction created a fertile recruiting ground for extremist groups, who told those who had lost their loved ones that they were their only hope."

"People want a way out of the violence Assad is inflicting on them."

Many other Syrians feel the same.

"No-one cares about us," is a complaint you often hear, as is: "They even stopped calculating the number of dead or refugees amongst us."
"The readiness of the US to launch air strikes against Islamic State fighters in neighbouring Iraq to protect members of the Yazidi religious minority has caused further disappointment to those who once took to the streets calling for freedom and are now left suffering atrocities carried out by both Assad's forces and IS."