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As Russian air strikes continue in Syria and tensions between the United States and Russia escalate over their respective roles in said country, Americans are ever more fearful that they may at one point have to find Syria on a map.

“It’s frightening to think about,” said Gavin Dunphy, 42, of Piscataway, NJ. “You hear about these things going on in the news and you always know that it could reach such a point where I might have to consult a globe or worse yet, an atlas.”

The incidents going on in Syria have reached national headline status for the past two weeks as Russia began leading air strikes in the country, including attacks against American-backed rebels, which could cause a domino-effect for Americans to not just try to find Syria on a map, but Russia as well.

“See, that’s the kind of things I was scared of,” said Hannah Roberts, 28, of Hastings, Minnesota. “On a good day–a good day, I know that Canada is up.”

When asked about Syria’s location, the overwhelming majority of responses from Americans on the street were, “Over there, somewhere.”

Some who are slightly more abreast of the situation “over there” know that Syrian refugees who are displaced by their country’s civil war, have been pouring into neighboring countries as well as Europe, causing conflict over adequate food and shelter. Most displaced families have to travel by night so as not to be taken out by snipers or have their young male family members abducted by soldiers and forced to fight for the regime.

“Okay,” said Dunphy, “At least now I know that Syria is somewhere near the country of Europe. But honestly, what does this have to do with Netflix raising their monthly rates by a dollar?”

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