Syria on the Eastern end of the Medditerranean is one of most ancient civilisations on earth. It is home to sites sacred to both Christians and Muslims alike. The country has been in the midst of a complex civil war since 2011, after peaceful protests were met with deadly violence from the country’s government. For many years since then, Syria ranked last on the Global Peace Index, making it the most violent country in the world.
- More than half the country’s population have been forced to flee their homes and are in need of humanitarian assistance
- Economic sanctions against Syria have crippled its economy, and almost 12% of children under 5 suffer acute malnutrition
- 1 in 3 schools in the country have been destroyed
has lasted longer than World War II