Millions of Syrians are fleeing to Europe, but why? To answer that question we’ll have to go back to 2011–the beginning.
Syria is a country made of numerous religions and ethnic groups, it has been brutally dictated by one of the smaller groups the Assads. Citizens have protested against them especially the Arab Spring. The dictatorship enforced brutality, corruption, and inequity. Peaceful protests turned into blood baths, and violence only grew. By 2012 a civil war was established. Assad wanted to crush the “rebels” and all allies. They would not be defeated, so Assad slaughtered defiers and turned religious minorities to their side. Extremists were drawn to the “rebels” which only brought more fear to the the innocent. If Assad lost, extremists would win, which was an inconceivable outcome. The divide grew greater Sunni Islamists supported the “rebels” while Iran’s Shia government supported Assad by supplying them with money, weapons, and men. In the meanwhile, another Sunni extremist group was on the rise fighting against Assad. That group now goes under the name ISIS.
Is it still even a question why people are fleeing the country when there’s so much brutality and danger awaiting right outside the door. When their neighbors are being bombed, and they think,”That could’ve been us”. There’s really no other choice, but where to? Many walk for hundreds of miles to countries such as Lebanon, Jordan, Egypt, Iraq, and Turkey. Germany is letting in thousands of refugees with open arms. Hundreds of thousands are trying to cross the Mediterranean Sea from Turkey for a better life in Europe. This is the biggest migration issue of our time. Will we help?
By: Vivian Morales