The Syrian crisis is a multifaceted problem
The key concern is the humanitarian aspect as more than 250,000 Syrians have lost their lives in almost four and a half years of armed conflict. Among the various factors causing the current crisis in Syria, eight pivotal points stand out. These include the uprising that turned violent, civil war, war crimes, chemical weapons, the humanitarian crisis, rebels, rise of the jihadists, no enforceability mechanisms regarding peace efforts and proxy wars.
Please read this article for more background to the eight pivotal points:
The Syrian crisis is profoundly one of the worst humanitarian crises of our time
The conflict essentially began as a peaceful pro-reform movement that sought to remove Bashar al-Assad.
However, this movement quickly escalated and broke into a civil war resulting in a prolonged conflict and a significant loss to civilian lives and large scale displacement of refugees fleeing the conflict. This conflict now has turned into a regional conflict that involves non-state actors and multiple States.
Please read this link for more information regarding the timeline of the Syrian crisis:
It is tragic to think that the Syrian crisis all started with a peaceful protest in a similar fashion to other nations encompassed by the Arab Spring, and that now, four years on, hundreds of thousands of civilians are dead, millions are displaced, and still there is no end in sight. How will this conflict end? No one truly has the answer, but, the humanitarian efforts should not cease and we should as an international community rise up and help people that flee such dire circumstances.