This Cartoon Succinctly Explains The Background To The Syrian Conflict

by : UNILAD on : 05 Sep 2015 17:40
Audrey Quinn/Jackie Roche

The Syrian refugee crisis has been dominating the news cycle in recent weeks and, understandably so, considering that it’s Europe’s biggest refugee crisis since the Second World War.

The shocking photograph of Aylan Kurdi lying dead on a Turkey beach made many wake up to the horrifying reality of the crisis but, although most of us now know that millions of people have been displaced from their homes in the nation to escape civil war and persecution, there are many who may not actually understand what is happening over in Syria.


That’s why this helpful cartoon has been produced in an attempt to try and help people understand the situation in the country and how and why it has happened and escalated to such an extent.

And the major information about climate change, politics and the instability of the region all imply that the events in Syria and across Europe are part of a larger story which affects us all.

Scroll down to check out the cartoon and learn more about the Syrian conflict:


Since the uprising against Assad in March 2011, over 240,000 people have been killed, 4 million Syrians have fled the country, and over 7 million have been displaced. We really hope that Egyptian billionaire makes good on his offer to buy an island to house the refugees.

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  1. Upworthy

    Trying to follow what is going on in Syria and why? This comic will get you there in 5 minutes.