Syria: Refugees are fleeing in droves–does that alarm you?

This entry is part 4 of 4 in the series Syria
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Syria’s population numbered about 22 million in 2012. By the beginning of September 2013, about 2 million people had left the country, fleeing the bloody conflict. That’s roughly 1 in 10 Syrians.

Do these figures alarm you?

Coupled with the alleged use of chemical weapons, does this ongoing depopulation of Syria warrant U.S. airstrikes?

The Syrian conflict and the alleged use of Sarin gas prompted several values questions this week. We debated the role of the U.S. as the world’s policeman, considered why poison gases are a special crime against humanity, and examined the American people’s opposition to military strikes.

Today, we consider the massive dislocation of the Syrian population.

The United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees tracks the flow of refugees and the Pew Fact Tank reported some key statistics. Consider that, on average, 6,000 Syrian refugees enter neighboring countries every day. The receiving countries include Egypt, Iraq, Turkey, Jordan, and Lebanon.

About 1.8 million refugees are registered with the High Commissioner, with an additional 200,000 waiting to be registered. One million refugees are children under 18. Syrian men and women have fled the country in equal numbers.

Are you alarmed by the vast numbers of Syrians who are fleeing?

Does it change your mind about airstrikes?

What should the U.S. do in cases like this—and why?

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  1. Rev. Bob Roth says:

    What alarms me most is how the U.S. bombing Syria will only deepen the humanitarian crisis these refugees are suffering. (In addition to these 2,000,000, another 5,000,000 are displaced refugees within their own country. So my opposition to the U.S. bombing our way into another country’s civil war has only deepened and strengthened with more awareness of the refugee catastrophe in and around Syria. For the hundreds-of-millions cost of the Cruise and other missiles and bombs we will shoot and drop, we could get food and healthcare through the U.N. and NGOs to these people. That would make many new friends in Syria and the region. Bombing them will make many new enemies. We need to write legislators, pray for peace.