Ceasefires, barrel bombs, civilian casualties, large migration flows, Bashar al-Assad, rebels, and the Islamic State, also known as Daesh; when looking at the Middle East, all attention is focused on Syria right now.
Looming in the shadows of neighboring countries however – in Libya, Yemen, Iraq – are several conflicts all affected by a similar foe, tainted by similar insurrection and tyrannical rule. The humanitarian crises within them are growing with less obvious and vivid imagery than overflowing boats arriving at the shores of Europe, enigmatic oratory amongst the seats of Britain’s Westminster Palace or emaciated children as a result of siege on basic necessities.
Those images are harrowing for good reason, for the ultimate reason that we preserve within us humanity and compassion. The danger is that we overlook those that deserve the same attention yet are hidden below the surface.
As of 31 December 2015, there were was an estimated 6.6 million internally displaced persons (IDPs) in Syria and UNHCR have registered 4,415,868 Syrian refugees. The Syrian crisis is humungous so it’s easy to miss a large problem happening next door.