NBC dramatic science fiction series Revolution shows how desperate whole communities can become when forced from their homes by conflict. A scene from Season 2-Episode 5 “ONE RIOT, ONE RANGER” in the Savannah refugee camp depicts a scramble for a limited number of places to a new camp with “artesian wells” and “closed sewers,” luxuries for the masses living in this camp.
Unfortunately, in today’s world millions of refugees around the world struggle with just such realities. For example, since the conflict in Syria exploded two years ago, over two million Syrians have fled to neighbouring countries – many to makeshift camps. They suffer similar conditions to the refugees in Revolution and their conditions will get worse as their numbers swell.
Refugee camp Zaatari in Jordan housing Syrian refugees.
“The war is now well into its third year and Syria is haemorrhaging women, children and men who cross borders often with little more than the clothes on their backs,” the UN refugee agency (UNHCR) said in a statement released last month. “This trend is nothing less than alarming, representing a jump of almost 1.8 million people in 12 months.”
UN High Commissioner for Refugees António Guterres said Syria had become “a disgraceful humanitarian calamity with suffering and displacement unparalleled in recent history.” He added that “the only solace is the humanity shown by the neighbouring countries in welcoming and saving the lives of so many refugees.”
More than 97 percent of Syria’s refugees are hosted by countries in the immediate surrounding region, placing an overwhelming burden on their infrastructures, economies and societies. They urgently need massive international support to help deal with the crisis.
Special Envoy Angelina Jolie warned that “the world risks being dangerously complacent about the Syrian humanitarian disaster. The tide of human suffering unleashed by the conflict has catastrophic implications. If the situation continues to deteriorate at this rate, the number of refugees will only grow, and some neighbouring countries could be brought to the point of collapse.”
The 2 million people flooding out of Syria are among the more than 15 million refugees the UN supports around the world. You can stay informed, donate and spread the word.
Follow our Twitter updates via @UN during Season 2 of Revolution. We will continue to highlight some of the facts and real-life challenges depicted in Revolution, and present fans of the show with opportunities to learn more and make a difference.