The Historic Scale of Syria’s Refugee Crisis
IRAQ 197,000 Syrian refugees
In August, as many as 40,000 people hiked through the dry hills of eastern Syria to Peshkhabour, a border town in Iraqi Kurdistan. Many refugees described a campaign by jihadi fighters to destroy agriculture and cut power and water supplies in Syrian Kurdish areas.
LEBANON 790,000 refugees
The refugee crisis worsened once the war overtook Syria’s most populated areas. Raeda, 15, shown above with her baby brother in Saidnayel, Lebanon, is originally from Aleppo, a city of 2.1 million. She lost sight in one eye after being hit by shrapnel from an explosion near her house.
Lebanon’s population has grown almost 20 percent over the past year because of the refugee influx. Since the government has decided not to build official camps, most of the 790,000 Syrians now in Lebanon live wherever they can find shelter: in half-finished cinder block houses, stables, crowded apartments and makeshift camps.
TURKEY 504,000 refugees
In Turkey, the government houses about 200,000 refugees in tent and trailer camps, and at least 300,000 more are thought to be spread around the country. Above, workers in Kilis, a Turkish town near the border with Syria, loaded bags of flour onto a truck delivering humanitarian aid to Syria in February.
Jordan has the second-largest population of Syrian refugees. Below, refugees wait in the registration line at the Zaatari camp, which has swelled over the past year to 120,000 residents. The camp has become one of Jordan’s largest cities.
JORDAN 543,000 refugees
Lebanon, Jordan, Turkey, Iraq and Egypt together have received more than two million refugees. In June, the United Nations asked other countries to receive 10,000 refugees by the end of this year. So far, about 1,200 Syrians have been referred to those countries for relocation. Thousands more have reached as far as Europe, smuggled across the Mediterranean Sea.
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