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INFOGRAPHIC: Mapping The Death Toll In Syria
August 9, 2012
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Over a year since the conflict in Syria started, the death toll continues to rise. But it's hard to follow just how many have lost their lives in the country, and where. This time-based map visualization, using data from a site run by activist group Syrian Shuhada, (the same data set used by some branches of the UN), employs circles of varying sizes to display the number of deaths in the country since last March.

It is difficult to determine exact figures of the dead because the movement of foreign media and independent human rights organizations in Syria has been severely curtailed. Syrian Shuhada uses figures collated from other opposition websites and cross-checked, as well as information taken directly from protesters' committees, to determine the number of dead. According to the man behind the project (who chooses to remain anonymous), "data completeness and quality is maintained through the merging and cross-referencing of multiple independent datasources".

Their casualty numbers tend to be higher than those of some other agencies reporting on deaths in the country; they say this is partly because they record deaths even when no name is given, and partly because of the wide range of sources they gather their information from. For more on how data is gathered on deaths in Syria, check out this BBC article.

The statistics are grim - particularly the deaths of 1,774 children - and seeing the death toll illustrated this way is a reminder of the tragedy in Syria. And sadly, the map is already out of date: according to the U.K.-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, at least 26 people were killed in fighting in Aleppo just yesterday, among 130 people killed across the country that day. Click the image below to see the map:


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