The Syrian people are caught in the middle of a bloody tug-of-war. Being pulled from three different sides, the Syrian people have begun to flee their country in search of a safe haven.
It began with the Arab spring in 2011, a period where various Arab nations began to dismantle their oppressive regimes, Syria being one of those countries.
The Syrian people demanded their dictator, Bashar al-Assad, step down. After the government opened fire several times on peaceful protesters, killing many, the Syrian people grew tired of the dictatorial regime and began a rebel opposition. Thus began the Syrian Civil War.
At first there were only two sides to the battle, but then ISIL (Islamic State of Iran and Levant) came into the picture, becoming a frightfully powerful extremist entity in the power struggle for Syria. ISIL has been devastating the country, killing innocent people, such as the Pinecrest based journalist, Steven Joel Sotloff.
The Syrians began to emigrate from Syria, most of the immigrants being children. Despite the fact that this has been happening for a few months now, the massive immigration has just begun to attract national attention, mostly due to the picture of drowned 3 year old, Aylan Kurdi, lying dead on the shore of a Turkish beach.
He had drowned trying to cross the beach with his father, in attempt to reach Turkey. The Syrian people are desperate and in need of help as they try to run for their lives, as they try to escape the bloody hands of war.
The problem at present is that with so many Syrian civilians seeking asylum, one country cannot handle the large-scale immigration on its own. Americans are beginning to discuss whether it is our responsibility to take some of these innocent people in.
A few neighboring countries, including Turkey, Iraq, Jordan, Egypt and Lebanon, have already begun taking many of the refugees. But with most of their refugee camps being already overcrowded and with more Syrians fleeing every day, western nations may be called on to help ease the overwhelming flow of immigrants.
While many countries have already begun taking in Syrians, western nations have expressed concern about taking in refugees who are primarily Muslim and may be extremists.
The massive displacement of Syrians has become one of the largest diasporas in human history, and the question remains of how many countries will eventually open their doors to the refugees.