n just over two years, Syria's civil war has devastated the once relatively safe and thriving Middle Eastern country. One in five schools and one in three hospitals are out of service, and of the total estimated 100,000 deaths, more than a third have been civilians. An additional million or more people have fled Syria's boarders in search of safety.
Though the economic toll pales in comparison to the human toll, the two are inextricably bound. When schools, hospitals, and business are bombed, access to education, health care, and income are strangled, which has a lasting effect on people's lives, impeding their ability to work, produce capital, and build a healthier, wealthier society for future generations.
Though a complete analysis is impossible while the war is still raging, a senior Syrian official released numbers Sunday on the economic toll. As reported by the AP:
Percent Syria's economy was growing annually before the conflict began
Syria's gross domestic product in 2010, before the uprising in March 2011
Syria's current GDP
Unemployed Syrians before the crisis
Unemployed Syrians today
Syria's foreign currency reserves before the conflict began
Estimated reserves left today
Syrian pounds it took to buy a U.S. dollar in 2010
Syrian pounds it takes to buy a U.S. dollars today
State buildings damaged in the uprising
Estimated loss to the public sector
Percent of oil now being produced compared to prewar output
The size of Syria's tourism industry in 2010
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