The scale of Syria’s humanitarian crisis in one graph

The number of people who have fled from Syria has now surpassed 2.5 million. That is in addition to the 6.5 million people still in the country who are not living in their homes. In total, roughly 40% of all Syrians are displaced due to the ongoing civil war.

The number of refugees two years ago was 20,437. I graphed the increase of refugees over the past two years, using UN data, and the rate of people fleeing Syria is staggering.


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Tom Murphy is a New Hampshire-based reporter for Humanosphere. Before joining Humanosphere, Tom founded and edited the aid blog A View From the Cave. His work has appeared in Foreign Policy, the Huffington Post, the Guardian, GlobalPost and Christian Science Monitor. He tweets at @viewfromthecave. Contact him at tmurphy[at]