During World War II there were very few babies born in the war zone. In fact, the war population demographic is extremely small compared with the baby boom that followed.
The reason for this lower number of babies born is is obvious. First of all, the potential fathers were away at war. The second reason is that nobody wanted to bring a child into the world during such a horrific time even when a man was around.
The third reason is that many women were starving either in the concentration camps or outside in desperate situations. The lack of food and stress made women infertile.
Which is why I wonder about the large number of babies born during the past four years in Syria. These are the babies who are being brought to Europe or drowning at sea.
If the Syrians in the Middle East are at war, how come so many babies are born without regard as to how they will be cared for or kept safe during the war?
One Syrian man lamented the drowning of his wife and seven children on the way to Greece. Several of his children would have been born during the current conflict in Syria. We saw this on TV the other day and it amazed me how this could occur. Even if the Syrians spent time in refugee camps, surely this was not the ideal place to bring babies into an uncertain future.