One million. Over one million Syrian refugees. One million people displaced by war, unable to enjoy the luxury of their own homes; unable to go a day without fear of death. One million people who may not have a home to return to. One million refugees have left the country the United Nations says, and another two million displaced. Over 70,000 people have been lost to this world. March 15th marks two years of fighting, with little end in sight.
The Syrian Civil War began during the much publicized Arab Spring that swept through the Middle East and North Africa––a time when countries were standing up in both peaceful and violent demonstrations against dictators who ruled over their lands for decades.
The two main parties fighting in this gruesome conflict include the Ba’ath Party, loyal to the al-Assad regime, and opposition forces––such as the Free Syrian Army, Syrian National Council, and various Islamist militant groups. It’s these radical Islamic groups that have members of the west weary in their support.