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Four years on, Syria’s brutal and destructive civil war has forced an estimated four million people to flee the country. Of those refugees, only 584 have been resettled in the United States. AJ's Dena Takruri spoke with a family of resettled refugees in Sacramento, California, about their new lives in the U.S. and the memories they left behind in Syria.
The Syrian civil war has dragged on for four years now. Hundreds of thousands of Syrians have died and more than 3 million have been displaced.The refugee crisis there has attracted humanitarian aid workers hoping to make a difference. Kayla Mueller was one of them. The 26-year-old Arizona native was captured by the self-proclaimed Islamic State in August of 2013. She was killed last month. Despite the danger, her family said she was drawn to the work she was doing.
As the conflict in Syria is entering its fourth year, International Rescue Committee president and CEO David Miliband discusses the humanitarian work his group is doing, and what the international community should be doing to help. Plus: a preview of next week's Israeli elections; and a history of Occupy Wall Street, and where the Occupy movement stands now.
A group of refugee children in Abilene are learning how to better communicate through a program of the Center for Contemporary Arts, exploring this week how to express themselves with photography. Art HEALs (Healthy Empowerment through Arts Learning) uses different media to help refugee kids from Kenya, Uganda and Iraq — under the purview of the International Rescue Committee — "find their voice," according to Burgess "Bird" Thomas of the CCA.
As the Syrian conflict reaches its fifth year, aid agencies said on Thursday that 2014 was the worst of the Syrian conflict so far and that three United Nations Security Council resolutions aimed at alleviating the suffering had failed.
Eighty-three percent of all the lights in Syria have gone out since the start of the conflict four years ago, a research report based on satellite images said on Thursday. More than 200,000 people have been killed and nearly four million have fled the country according to the United Nations. The uprising started in 2011 with a pro-democracy movement and a government crackdown and has since spiraled into a civil war. A coalition of 130 humanitarian and human rights organizations, calling themselves WithSyria, in coordination with scientists based at Wuhan University in China, found that the worst hit area was Aleppo province.
More than 20 human rights groups issued a joint plea Thursday for the international community to take responsibility for suffering civilians as Syria's war approaches its fifth year. In a report entitled "Failing Syria", the organisations criticised world powers for not implementing a series of UN Security Council resolutions on the conflict.