.12 million
5 million
1 million
children refugees

.“The world’s largest humanitarian crisis” (UN)

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How is violence spreading? A timeline of reported violence.

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Each circle represents a violent event. Circles are larger the more recent the event.
8,395Number of registered refugees per country
Each represents 100,000 refugees (independent of gender)

“My drawing is of planes and tanks attacking the city and bombing schools, homes and mosques.”

— 11-year-old Syrian Refugee girl drawing at the Domiz camp in northern Iraq, reported by Wendy Bruere, UNICEF, Jun. 11, 2013.

“My drawing is of dead and injured people in the street because of indiscriminate bombing.”

— Another 11-year-old Syrian Refugee girl drawing at the Domiz camp in northern Iraq, reported by Wendy Bruere, UNICEF, Jun. 11, 2013.

Who is fighting? Sources and targets of reported violence

Learn about total reported violence with the chord diagram. Hover over the bar chart and the legends. Change the filters.

“In village after village, we found a civilian population terrified by their country’s own air force. These illegal air strikes killed and injured many civilians and sowed a path of destruction, fear, and displacement.”

— Ole Solvang, Emergencies Researcher at Human Rights Watch, Apr. 10, 2013.


Who are the victims?

In memoriam of the victims of the Syrian conflict.

“Bodies of those killed are placed on display for several days, terrorising the local population.”

Report of the U.N.’s Independent International Commission of Inquiry on the Syrian Arab Republic, Aug. 13, 2014.

Where are they going?

“In Arabic we say that the worst situations actually make you smile, so I’m smiling... We know we have a difficult life ahead, but we escaped death.”

— Qassem, Syrian Refugee in Jordan, being interviewed by the NBC in a tent with no electricity or heat that was a new home to him and his family, Jan. 15, 2013.

Who is helping?

"The international community has failed in its most elemental duties — to protect civilians, halt and prevent atrocities and create a path toward accountability."

— Paulo Pinheiro, chairman of the U.N.’s Independent International Commission of Inquiry, BBC News, Aug. 27, 2014.

Timeline of key takeaways

Data: BBC
Plugin: TimelineJS3

“What is at stake is nothing less than the survival and wellbeing of a generation of innocents.”

— Antonio Guterres, High Commissioner of the UN refugee agency (UNHCR), Aug. 23, 2013.

About Us

Mar Carpanelli


Lily Li


Maria Schwarz



We would like to thank the CS171 teaching team for the countless support in labs, studios and on piazza. We began our visualization journey with no prior knowledge in design or HTML/CSS/JS/D3 - without your support, planning, designing, and executing such a project would not have been feasible.

We would further like to thank Dara Cohen and Manuel Schoenfeld for their expert input on this project. Their input helped us to identify the shortcomings of the data sets we used and inspired us to push our visualizations further. Furthermore, thanks to Ishani Desai for lending her voice to our screencast.

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