According to the UN Security Council, the outflow of refugees fleeing Syria’s civil war has reached an alarming rate, one that has not been matched since the Rwandan genocide of 1994. The UN estimates that as many as 100,000 people have died in Syria’s 26-month civil war, and that now an estimated 5,000 Syrians are dying each month.
In order to escape the dangers of war, nearly 1.8 million Syrians have fled to Lebanon, Jordan and the Kurdish regions of Iraq and Turkey. Now, with as many as 6,000 people fleeing each day, these neighboring regions are struggling to address the crushing impact and financial burden of the refugee influx. The toll is especially large on smaller countries, such as Lebanon, which has a population of 4 million.
The UNHCR has gathered personal stories, photos and videos which put a face to the many Syrian refugees. Explore the site to see statistics, maps and background about the refugees and to read personal accounts about the crisis.