The recent chemical attack on Douma is the latest atrocity in a civil war which has had a devastating impact on Syria's civilian population.
The civil war in Syria has just entered its eighth year. And as the attack in Douma demonstrates, it shows little sign of abating. Its impact on the country’s people and communities has been truly devastating, with hundreds of thousands of civilians killed. Additionally, close to six million Syrians have fled the country as refugees, with a similar number now displaced internally within its borders.
However, the fate of those who have managed to flee Syria is by no means secure. Whilst the vast majority have sought refuge in neighbouring countries including Turkey, Jordan and Lebanon, the risks of trafficking, forced prostitution or forced labour are extremely high. This is especially true of unaccompanied child refugees, who represent the most vulnerable victims of the conflict. The UK has committed over £2.46 billion to helping refugees in Syria and the region, making it the second largest donor to the Syrian refugee crisis since the start of the crisis.
But supporting vulnerable Syrian refugees is not just the responsibility of governments. At the Legatum Institute, we will shortly be publishing the first of three research papers as part of our work creating a pioneering migration mapping platform. Is is designed to plot the key departure points and transit hubs of migrants and to pinpoint the locations of the many international organisations that support refugees en route. This initiative is the first of its kind, and will improve our understanding of the various transit routes and identify where refugees are at their most vulnerable and in need of greater support. To find out more, please visit our Global People Movements programme.
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