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A color-coded map of the country's religious and ethnic groups helps explain why the fighting is so bad.
This is a great visual reference to understand some of Syria's religious and ethnic groups. It's a simple way to understand the conflict in Syria. This was very helpful for me to use.
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Ethnicity and culture are correlated, and clearly if a geographic region contains many of these, their views of each other will be shaped by various political or military actions.
Syria is a complicated country as you can see from this map. The map shows the different ethnic and linguistic groups of Syria, and many of the groups are swirled together. The brown areas represent the Kurds who have been long oppresed, there are also Druze and Arab Christians, Armenians and others. Syria is run by the Alawites which is the greenish grey color they may only be 12% of the population but they are a massive part of the war. Many people believe that the war began for political reasons but spiraled into old divisons deeper and more vicious.