The continuing tragedy of Syria’s civil war

I spent two hours this Bank Holiday weekend watching a double programme about the civil war in Syria. It was broadcast by the BBC and presented by its Canadian-born chief international correspondent Lyse Doucet. You can check it out here.

The seven-year Syrian civil war is a conflict which has now lasted longer than the Second World War. Around half a million have been killed, more than 7 million are internally displaced, and some 5 million have been forced to flee the country.

I have followed the war with special anguish because, just a couple of weeks before it began, I spent a week travelling all around Syria and I wrote up an account of the trip here.


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