The civil war in Syria started in March 2011.
According to the United Nations, since then:
“Syria has witnessed unprecedented devastation and displacement. More than 5 million Syrians have fled the country and 6 million are internally displaced. With more than 13 million people in need of assistance, the conflict has caused untold suffering for Syrian men, women, and children.“
As a result of this conflict there are now:
- More than 5.6 million Syrian refugees and 6.1 million internally displaced people (as of March 2018).
- More than 13 million people inside Syria who require humanitarian assistance, including nearly 6 million children.
- At the end of 2017, more than half the country’s hospitals, clinics and primary health care centres were only partially functioning or had been damaged beyond repair.