Millions of refugees have fled Syria to escape the fear, hunger and violence that have become a daily reality during the last four years of civil war – but there are 6 million ‘internally displaced people’ in Syria, refugees who have lost their homes but remain within their war-torn nation. Why don’t these people leave too? Why would anyone stay in Syria?
Some are simply too poor to leave. There are many stories of refugees selling everything they have in order to pay smugglers to take them away from Syria to safety – but some simply don’t have anything left to give. Others are too old or unwell to make the journey. The refugees who remain in Syria are often the poorest and weakest members of society.