Infographic: Syrian refugee crisis and its impact on the Middle East

Two and a half million people and counting have fled Syria to escape the fighting, each one leaving behind everything familiar in their daily lives. Their arrival in Lebanon, Jordan, and Turkey is straining their neighbors' economies and public services. Learn more about this growing international problem.

What the Geneva II Talks can do for peace in Syria

Diplomatic talks known as the Geneva II Talks, which many see as the best chance for reaching the immediate goal of a ceasefire and stopping the war in Syria, are due to start Wednesday, Jan. 22, in Montreux, Switzerland.

As the negotiations draw closer, all parties are maneuvering to enter the negotiations from a position of strength, and the last weeks have seen a spike in news of death, displacement, and destruction.

Is There a Diplomatic Solution to the Syrian Crises?

Is there a diplomatic solution to the Syrian crises and if so what is it? How do we prevent 1,000 people being killed a week in that country? What is our responsibility as a people and as a nation to prevent the genocide that is happening? 

Iowans push Congress on Syria, drones

Syria vigil in Des Moines 9-4-13

Syria vigil in Des Moines 9-4-13

Sherry Hutchison is one of 115 people who signed a petition against U.S. military action in Syria. At 94 years young, Sherry is an active member of Des Moines Valley Friends Meeting. More photos from the vigil here.


Representatives are acknowledged for opposing war in Syria and asked to oppose drone warfare

KC AFSC Peace and Justice Alert 9-13-2013

KC AFSC P & J Alert 9-13-13

KC AFSC P & J Alert 9-13-13

Kansas City AFSC's weekly Peace and Justice Alert, September 13, 2013

Letter to NE Ohio Federal Elected Officials on Syria

5. September. 2013

Letter to Northeast Ohio Federal Elected Officials,

We do not support military action against Syria. Please oppose any such action. 

The United States cannot afford yet another illegal and immoral war.

U.S. military intervention will only increase the bloodshed in Syria. It also risks further escalating the civil war.

An estimated 100,000 people have been killed and millions have been displaced. Immediate action does need to be taken.

Syrian group uses peaceful means to prevent violence

Refugee children from Syria at a clinic in Ramtha, northern Jordan

Refugee children from Syria at a clinic in Ramtha, northern Jordan.

Photo: ACNUR/B.Sokol

In the midst of death, destruction, and displacement, there are still Syrians striving to maintain the fabric of their society, including the network that AFSC is supporting. 


A young boy in Idlib, Syria, looking at what is left of his house after an attack.

A young boy in Idlib, Syria, looking at what is left of his house after an attack.

The ongoing civil war in Syria is causing death to thousands and displacement to millions. In response, AFSC has partnered with Responding to Conflict to support a network of Syrians who, in their words, “believe in nonviolence as a means of achieving freedom, equality, dignity, and mutual coexistence to be one community of citizens in all its sects and identities.”

Understanding the conflict in Syria

Tuesday, September 17, 2013 - 7:00pm - 8:30pm

Baloons to represent the deaths in Syria


Darrell Sapp/Post-Gazette


  • Laila Al-Soulaiman, Pitt student of Syrian descent
  • Osama Sharkas, President of the Islamic Center and Syrian native 

You don’t understand the Syrian conflict, who are the parties, what is the impact on the Syrians, what you can do? This is your chance to hear from members of the Syrian community.

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