Syria's deepening humanitarian crisis: By the numbers

Between the civil war, winter weather, and global indifference, Syria is rapidly sliding toward disaster

Little Amjad Al-Saleh, whose family fled their home in September, is comforted by his mother after suffering food poisoning.
(Image credit: AP Photo/Muhammed Muheisen)

Nobody, it seems, was impressed with Syrian President Bashar al-Assad's speech on Sunday laying out his plan to end the bloody 22-month conflict pitting Assad's government against armed rebels trying to topple him. United Nations Secretary General Ban Ki-moon dismissed Assad's proposal as a thinly veiled effort to stay in power, and the U.S. State Department said the speech shows that Assad is "detached from reality." But the unpalatable reality, says Simon Tisdall at Britain's The Guardian, is that "Assad is still in power, shows no sign of heeding demands to quit, and is far from beaten," and Syrians are paying the price. That price, according to the U.N., is a huge and growing humanitarian crisis, exacerbated by fuel shortages and a lack of aid organizations able to work in the country. A look at Syria's deepening disaster, by the numbers:


Estimated number of Syrians killed since Assad started cracking down on protesters in March 2011

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Average deaths a month

1.5 million

Hunger-plagued Syrians being fed by the U.N.'s World Food Program and its partners

1 million

Hunger-plagued Syrians in need of food aid that the WFP and its partners are unable to reach

$1.5 billion

Amount the U.N. is requesting to tackle Syria's growing humanitarian crisis

$519 million

Share of that money earmarked for people inside Syria in need of urgent humanitarian aid

4 million

Syrians inside the country who need urgent humanitarian aid

2 million

Number of those Syrians who have been displaced from their homes

$1 billion

Share of the U.N.-sought money for Syrian refugees in Jordan, Iraq, Lebanon, Turkey, and Egypt


Syrian refugees in those countries as of Jan. 6


Syrian refugees in those countries on Dec. 11, 2012


Syrians in Jordan's Zaatari refugee camp, where violence broke out this week after winter storms blew away tents and flooded parts of the camp


Refugees entering the Zaatari camp in the past week

$16 (25,000 Lebanese pounds)

Amount Lebanon is reportedly charging each Syrian Palestinian for a 14-day visa

$3.50 (250 Syrian pounds)

Cost of 2.2 pounds of bread in Aleppo, 50 percent higher than other parts of Syria and six times the price before the civil war started


Estimated percentage of Syria's population killed in the civil war so far


Estimated percentage of the Yugoslavian population killed in the bloody 1991-99 civil war (140,000 deaths)


Estimated percentage of the Spanish population killed in the 1936-39 civil war (500,000 deaths)


Estimated percentage of the U.S. population killed in the 1861-65 American Civil War (618,222 deaths)

Sources: CNN, Fox News, The Guardian (2), The New York Times, Scoop, VOA News

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