What’s been happening in Syria?

Photo Credit: Setterfield.org

Syria is a country in the Middle East that has been caught up in a civil war for the last 6 years. The main reason is – different groups within Syria are trying to take control of the country.

There are mainly three groups involved in the fighting. Soldiers who support the Syrian President Bashar al-Assad; people who do not want Assad to be in power – they are called rebels; and a group of militants from the so-called Islamic State.

The conflict began in 2011. Some teenagers had spray-painted anti government slogans on a school wall. These teenagers were arrested and tortured. Angry at the terrible way these young students were treated, people began protesting against the government.

The government used force to try and crush the rebellion. But instead of scaring the protestors, it made them more determined to continue fighting.  Hundreds of thousands of protestors took to streets across the country and they gradually began to take up arms, first as a way to protect themselves, but later, they would use these weapons to fight government forces.

The situation quickly turned very violent. Soldiers and rebels began clashing in cities, towns and the countryside. Hundreds of thousands of people in Syria have died since the fighting began. Millions of people who are stuck inside Syria desperately need help. Cities have been destroyed and there is very little food and medical care. Schools have been reduced to rubble or have shut down. Very few places have power or running water. The economy has been affected, there are very few jobs and there is a lot of poverty. People have lost their homes, family members and friends.

Because life in Syria is so dangerous, many people are fleeing the country. Around 5 million people have escaped since the fighting began, mostly women and children. These people are called refugees and they have gone to neighboring countries of Lebanon, Turkey and Jordan and to countries in Europe. It is said to be one of the largest refugee exoduses ever.

When will the fighting end? It doesn’t look like there is any relief in sight. The government and the rebels are unable to defeat each other and they cannot agree on the best way forward for their country either. Sadly, Syria’s future remains uncertain.

This article was written by Mallika Kapur, a journalist and a mom!


Spread the love
No Comments Yet

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

Write to us at

Help us keep currentkids, current! We’d love to hear about your crazy adventures and experiences. Send us your pictures, travel diaries, thoughts on cool new gadgets, gaming experiences and anything else you find interesting!

About Us

Welcome to our entertaining and empowering news source for kids with inquisitive minds! This is a digital space that keeps kids aged 8 and above (and your families!) connected to what’s happening in the world. We filter a wide variety of news, events, and interesting bits of trivia to develop short, relevant, unbiased content in creative formats. We give everyone something to relate to and get engaged with in short bytes of information with a snappy, chatty feel. We believe in encouraging curiosity, creativity and continued learning in our safe digital space.

Why is reading non-fiction important?

This helps curious minds to learn more about the outside world. It also enriches their vocabulary and their general knowledge. Simplified news helps children to express their opinions easily with their friends and family and gives them some perspective on complex issues. Our safe news website will give you parents a useful tool with which to navigate the digital world with your children.

We hope you enjoy our posts!

Biyash & Sunaina

Subscribe to our weekly newsletter and stay current!


You have successfully subscribed to the newsletter

There was an error while trying to send your request. Please try again.