Numbers don’t add up.

In war thousands of people are killed on the battlefield along with homes and places of work. Some people are just caught in the crossfire being at the wrong place at the wrong time. In Syria the war has a high toll. Some groups such as the Syrian Observatory, The United Nations (UN) and the Violations Documentation Center in Syria all seem to have different body count numbers. Each missing persons death is a disservice to the families wanting to morn their loved ones deaths during service. Unfortunately we cannot be too sure about these numbers at all. In some instances of war in other countries and time periods there is such a gap.”Estimates for deaths after the US-led invasion in 2003 ranged from 98,000 to as high as 650,000 (The Guardian”.

This brings us to the next question, why? How is their such a large disagreement in numbers of deaths during wars? There should never be this much dispute in a number of people’s deaths. Some are groups, some are private organizations bringing together numbers. The real question is how is there a 100,000 influx of dead people in the count. These organizations that put together these numbers should have full access to records and should not be able to display theoretical numbers without definitely being within a couple thousand. The public is entitled to an accurate number during hard times such as these. There is really only one simple answer as to why it is so fluctuated and it’s because of corruption within these organizations and government. They must receive more aid from the UN or more discipline when things are bad. In either case not showing respect for the people who fight for their cause being bad or good isn’t right to the families that have to learn about their loved ones deaths days, months or years down the road. Syria can not be the only ones having a misled death count. How can we predict future death counts when we can not even document them correctly in the first place.

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3 thoughts on “Numbers don’t add up.

  1. Because of the continuous violence in Syria, I assume that the death toll must be very high and it will continue to rise. I found it surprising that there has not been an exact count of how many people have died and I agree with on the idea that the public should know the accurate number. I think one of the reasons that there might not be an accurate account is because with all the chaos and violence going on, people who work at hospitals might have such a high number of deceased bodies coming in that they lose tracks of numbers. I also think that there might be problems seeing the differences between people who are actually dead and people who have been missing for such a long time that people assume they are dead.

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  2. This is defiantly and very different and insightful point of why there is an in accurate amount of death record by organizations. I must agree, your point can be a factor as to why this inaccuracy is occurring, however, I believe other factors could effect this error as well. Like my colleague mentioned above, chaos can have a huge impact on collecting data on the amounts of deaths occurring.A huge number of Syrians are dying frequently and it is very likely that hospitals are not keeping track on amount of people dying. In addition, there might be a discrepancy in collecting data on civilians who die in the streets and are not able to even make it to the hospital. Those people are not even counted.

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  3. I think an issue with counting the number of deaths is also the method used. When the number of deaths get large enough it becomes very difficult to give an accurate amount without estimating. The question then is how do you estimate the number of deaths? What things do you take into account? How do you know whether someone is dead or they fled the country to live in a refugee camp? There is too much uncertainty in all aspects that until the aftermath and even then the true numbers might not be discovered.

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