But for those fortunate enough to escape the five-year-long violence that's decimated the historically significant country, there have been several glimmers of hope as they have been welcomed into their new communities.
Ahmed Abdurahman Ahmed is a Syrian refugee who now resides in an undisclosed part of the United States. He and his wife, along with their five children, left Syria and recently relocated. Ahmed's story is told in the latest clip from 60 Second Docs, which has wowed us "one minute at a time" with inspirational and informational true stories about people from all walks of life.
In this video, we learn that the father of five searches daily for work, but is having a hard time landing a full-time gig due to his challenge with the English language. But he did find some temporary work, and promises to keep looking for the sake of his family and his pursuit of the American dream.
"The most important thing for me now is to see my kids live a dignified life," he says in a translation within in the clip.