A minibus driver picked us up from the edge of a picture-perfect beach in the Dilek National Park on the Aegean coast of Turkey. During our small-talk on macro-economics, he inquired how things were in my country. “One billion people?” - he didn’t hide his disbelief. And as if to show empathy, he said that things were not too great in Turkey either. Two million Syrians are in Turkey, he said.
Two million. It is difficult to put that number into a perspective that doesn’t undermine the situation.