|Najla, a Syrian refugee cooking for other refugees at|
Global Grace Café in Highland Park, New Jersey.
Photo: Deborah Amos/NPR
This in turn has created an incredibly complicated and seemingly intractable milieu of conflict with many sides, many atrocities, and many innocent victims. In a year that has seen more involuntarily displaced persons than any other in history, Syria's situation is among the most grim.
I should be clear -- I am not suggesting that the U.S. should take in all the refugees or even a large proportion of them. And the individual communities -- such as those shown above -- who are directly supporting them deserve a lot of credit for doing so.
|Most who flee Syria are living in neighboring countries. Map: UNHCR, Aug 2016|
|Omran Daqneesh, sits in an ambulance Wednesday in Aleppo, Syria. |
Image: Mahmoud Raslan/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images
Update: The BBC reported on August 20 that Omram's ten-year-old brother Ali has now died, like far too many before him, and far too many to come.