the boy and the war

doc: the boy who started the syrian war..

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As the Syrian conflict enters its seventh year, more than 465,000 Syrians have been killed in the fighting, more than a million injured and over 12 million Syrians – half the country’s prewar population – have been displaced from their homes.

In 2011, what became known as the ” Arab Spring ” revolts toppled Tunisian President Zine El Abidine Ben Ali and Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak .

That March, peaceful protests erupted in Syria as well, after 15 boys were detained and tortured for having written graffiti in support of the Arab Spring. One of the boys, 13-year-old Hamza al-Khateeb , was killed after having been brutally tortured.

The Syrian government, led by President Bashar al-Assad, responded to the protests by killing hundreds of demonstrators and imprisoning many more. In July 2011, defectors from the military announced the formation of the Free Syrian Army, a rebel group aiming to overthrow the government, and Syria began to slide into civil war.


Although the US has stated its opposition to the Assad government, it has hesitated to involve itself deeply in the conflict, even after the Assad government allegedly used chemical weapons in 2013, which former US President Barack Obama had previously referred to as a “red line” that would prompt intervention.

In October 2015, the US scrapped its controversial programme to train Syrian rebels, after it was revealed that it had spent $500m but only trained 60 fighters.

In February, the CIA froze funding and logistical support for rebel factions in northern Syria but according to Free Syrian Army (FSA) sources, the funding has been restored to a certain extent late Mar


Last December, the Syrian army announced that Aleppo has been fully recaptured from rebel fighters, the government’s biggest victory in the nearly six-year civil war.  Syrian government forces used chemical weapons in rebel-held areas of Aleppo during the final weeks of the battle to retake the key citykilling at least nine people and wounding hundreds more, according to Human Rights Watch (HRW


In 2013, ISIL emerged in northern and eastern Syria after overrunning large portions of Iraq. The group quickly gained international notoriety for its brutal executions and its energetic use of social media.

from doc – 50 min – 2 parts


12 min – no longer a protest over the arrest of some boys.. it had become an uprising.. arab spring 2011

14 min – free syrian army.. against its own govt

24 min – end part one

34 min – we are always improvising.. doing everything for the children.. so they don’t have to live like we have the last 40 yrs..

40 years of oppression.. after regime topples.. we’ll have to teach people how to use their freedom.. in europe they have freedom.. but it took 400 yrs..

detox.. mech to facil that.. all of us need it

37 min – even thru worst days of war.. people insist that life must go on

45 min – today i’m here to visit my friend’s grave.. tomorrow friends will visit mine

46 min – seeing all the bloodshed and death goes against our nature.. psych scars on us all.. let’s channel our energy/expertise into building a new syria..

a ntoher way.. let’s

47 min – despite death al.. protests continue everywhere on the streest.. they only dreamt of peace.. and the only certainty is that syria is changed forever