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The Boy who started the Syrian War

We tell the story of Mouawiya Syasneh, the boy whose anti-Assad graffiti lit the spark that engulfed Syria.

10 Feb 2017 12:29 GMTWar & Conflict, Syria’s Civil War

Mouawiya Syasneh was just 14 when he sprayed anti-government slogans on his school wall in Deraa, Syria. It was February 2011, and he could never have imagined that such a minor act would spark a full-blown civil war.

More than half a million people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war. Mouawiya’s home city has been ravaged by street fighting, shelling and barrel bombing. The war has left scars that may never heal.

Now a young man, fighting on the frontline for the Free Syrian Army, Mouawiya admits that had he known what the consequences of his actions would be, he would never have taunted the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad.

His life has been transformed by that adolescent prank. He has lost friends and relatives, including his father. And Syria has been changed for ever.

The Boy who started the Syrian Civil War offers a glimpse into life in Deraa since the start of the conflict.

We meet Syrians trying to lead normal lives amid the chaos as well as those who have taken up arms against Assad’s forces.

FILMMAKER’S VIEW

by Emmy Award-winning producer, Jamie Doran

I was in Moscow recently, chatting to people you might have thought would have known better. Educated folk, among them an experienced journalist. I had asked them a simple question: how did the Syrian war begin?

They uniformly launched into the answer that has been peddled so often in recent times, that it has now become fact in certain circles: “It was the terrorists who started it all.”

The fact that ISIL in its current form didn’t even exist in Syria at the time, or that al-Nusra wouldn’t arrive until many months afterwards, appear to have been conveniently forgotten – not just in Moscow but in most media coverage around the world.

The surprise, even shock on their faces when I pulled out my laptop and showed them the trailer for our latest film for Al Jazeera, The Boy Who Started the Syrian War, was a wonder to behold. They simply had no idea.

They claimed they hadn’t been aware of how, for decades, dissenters towards government authority had faced the daily dread of a visit from the secret police, of torture, disappearance and extrajudicial execution.

They had apparently never heard about how fathers were frightened to allow their daughters to be alone on the streets for fear of abduction, rape and murder at the hands of the Shabiha, Assad-family militias that operated with virtual impunity.

And they were totally unaware that it was a mischievous prank by adolescent schoolchildren that lit the fuse that set a country ablaze.

Early in 2016, I was sitting in Books@Cafe, a hangout for liberally minded Jordanians on Al-Khattab Street, Amman, with cameraman and filmmaker Abo Bakr Al Haj Ali. He was busily puffing away on his narghile (hookah), as we discussed how Deraa, the city which had given birth to the revolution, had been virtually ignored by the media in recent years.

One of the reasons it had been overlooked was that the Jordanians wouldn’t let any Western journalists cross from their side. Almost the only other option was an official tour of government-controlled areas via Damascus that didn’t appeal to me at all, even if they had let me in, which was rather unlikely.

I’d spent the previous week sitting on the border, just an hour’s drive from Deraa, having established an agreement with the Jordanian military which would have made me the first Westerner allowed to cross over in three years.

READ MORE: Syria’s Civil War Explained

There I was, in the border compound about to leave Jordanian soil, when a call came to the post. Moments later, I was very politely placed in a saloon car … and driven back to Amman. I later found out that the representative of the British intelligence agency, MI6, in Amman had advised the Jordanian government that it would be a bad idea to let me cross … even though I was travelling on an Irish passport!

So, back at Books@Cafe, Bakr and I sat chatting about how we could make a film about Deraa without my physical presence. It’s his home town. His territory.

“So, who do you know, who was there at the very beginning?” I asked.

“I know the commander, Marouf Abood, who set up the very first people’s militia, after government troops attacked his village,” he responded.

“Interesting. And who else?”

He went on to reel off half a dozen names; commander this, commander that.

“Come on, Bakr. You must know someone else, someone different. Someone fresh,” I said.

Continuing to drag deeply on the narghile, deep in thought, he told me that there was no one else that was really very interesting.

And then he added: “Well, I suppose there’s the boy who scrawled the anti-Assad graffiti on his school wall that started the war.”

It was one of those moments where you could have knocked my 90 kilos over with a feather.

The boy who started the Syrian war! Think about it. It wasn’t ISIL, nor al-Nusra, nor any other terrorist group. It was an act of defiance, a moment of youthful rebelliousness, if you like, that led to an uprising which has seen more than half a million people killed and a country torn to shreds.

It wasn’t, of course, the fault of this 14-year-old boy and his three friends who joined him in this moment of adolescent disobedience – a prank which would have enormous consequences beyond their understanding. But when they were arrested by the police and tortured in a most horrendous way, a line was crossed from which there would be no turning back.

When their parents and families arrived at the police station to plead for their freedom, they were told: “Forget these children. Go home to your wives and make some more. If you can’t manage, send us your wives and we’ll do it for you.”

Anger rose. The fuse had been lit and, when police started randomly killing marchers in the demonstrations that followed, armed resistance became an inevitability.

READ MORE: The Syrian conflict does not end here

For me personally, this film has taken on an importance beyond many that I have made in the past. To be able to remind (and, in some cases, inform) a massive global audience of the true origins of the Syrian civil war, is an enormous privilege for a filmmaker.

For those directly involved in those origins, however, our film has provided an opportunity for reflection. So many have suffered greatly and sacrificed so much for a revolution which, by any calculation, is and will remain incomplete, no matter what the outcome of negotiations.

Mouawiya Syasneh, The boy who started the Syrian War, is now a young man who, like so many other young men in Deraa, carries a Kalashnikov rather than a satchel these days. As viewers will discover, his own family has paid a dreadful price for the events that followed his actions back in February 2011.

His own reflections are now a matter of record for the first time.

Article from: http://www.aljazeera.com/programmes/specialseries/2017/02/boy-started-syrian-war-170208093451538.html

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Published on Feb 10, 2017

SPECIAL SERIESSYRIA’S CIVIL WAR
The Boy Who Started the Syrian War
We tell the story of Mouawiya Syasneh, the boy whose anti-Assad graffiti lit the spark that engulfed Syria.
09 Feb 2017 10:22 GMT Syria’s Civil War, War & Conflict

Mouawiya Syasneh was just 14 when he sprayed anti-government slogans on his school wall in Deraa, Syria. It was February 2011, and he could never have imagined that such a minor act would spark a full-blown civil war.

More than half a million people have been killed in Syria since the start of the war. Mouawiya’s home city has been ravaged by street fighting, shelling and barrel bombing. The war has left scars that may never heal.

Now a young man, fighting on the frontline for the Free Syrian Army, Mouawiya admits that had he known what the consequences of his actions would be, he would never have taunted the country’s president, Bashar al-Assad.

His life has been transformed by that adolescent prank. He has lost friends and relatives, including his father. And Syria has been changed forever.

The Boy Who Started the Syrian Civil War offers a glimpse into life in Deraa since the start of the conflict.

We meet Syrians trying to lead normal lives amid the chaos as well as those who have taken up arms against Assad’s forces.

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Assad’s secret Genocidal massacres

Published on Nov 27, 2016

Assad’s secret Genocidal massacres
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Syria President Bashar al-Assad Regime Atrocities

The evidence is conclusive that the Syria Bashar al-Assad regime is committing intentional crimes against humanity. Among the crimes the al-Assad regime is committing are: indiscriminant aerial bombardment, widespread attacks on civilians, arbitrary detention of thousands in the political opposition, genocidal massacres of whole villages of Sunni Muslims, rape of detainees, widespread torture- including torture and murder of children- and denial of food, water, medicines and other essential resources to civilians.

The Alawite government of Bashar al-Assad believes it is about to lose all power in a zero-sum, winner take all revolution. Its massacres have become genocidal. Early warning signs and stages of genocide in Syria are:

1) Prior unpunished genocidal massacres, such as those perpetrated by Assad’s father in Hama in the 1980’s;
2) Rule by a minority sect – the Alawite sect that supports Bashar al-Assad – with an exclusionary ideology
3) Systematic human rights atrocities;
4) Fear by the ruling elite that any compromise will mean total loss of their power;
5) Deliberate targeting of particular groups — Sunni Muslims civilian and Syrian army defectors;
6) Denial by the Syrian government that it is committing crimes against humanity, blaming “foreign – inspired terrorist gangs” for the armed conflict.

Article: Genocide and Mass Atrocities Alert: Syria
http://www.genocidewatch.org/syria.html

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Bashar al-Assad regime torture detainees to death

Syria President Bashar al-Assad torture, rape and beaten, detainees

Syria President Bashar al-Assad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashar_al-Assad

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Barrel Bombs Assad’s ‘Latest Barbaric Act’ Attack on Syria

Syrian government dropped barrel bombs on a displaced persons camp in the northwestern province of Idlib.

“It’s a massacre of refugees!” “Let the whole world see this, they are displaced people. Look at them, they are civilians, unarmed displaced civilians.”

6000+ Barrel Bombs had been dropped by the Assad’s regime on different populated cities to punish his own people since the 2011 uprising.

Syria Bashar al-Assad Regime Atrocities Crime against humanity

Article: http://australiaplus.com/international/2014-10-30/refugee-camp-barrel-bomb-massacre-footage-shows-horrific-aftermath-of-attack-in-syria/1384805

Syria Assad’s Regime War on Doctors 6

Remember the Syrian doctors who risk their life to save life!
Thanksgiving Day 2014

Syrian Doctors: As doctors, we treat everyone regardless of their political views
Syria Assad: Doctors are dangerous to the Syria Assad’s Regime
Syria Assad’s military intelligence officers: We are shooting at them in order to kill them. This is obvious, since you are stopping him from dying, you are a terrorist.

More than 560 Syrian doctors and nurses were reportedly killed by the Syria Bashar al-Assad‘s regime forces since the start of the ongoing war in 2011. Hundreds have disappeared into Syrian jails.

1) Assad’s troops purposefully denied people medical care as a “weapon of war”
2) The Syrian troop army has occupied hospitals, using them as bases for snipers, tanks and soldiers.
3) Patients had also been beaten, burned with cigarettes and tortured to death in a Syria military hospital in Mezze, Damascus.
4) Intentionally directing attacks against hospitals and places containing the sick and the wounded.

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Haidar Ali al-Fandi

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Osama Bakrah

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Adel al-Hassan

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Sufian az-Zoubi

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Syrian Doctor: Ziauddin Badran

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Bashar Sinawhar

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Mohammed Bazz

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Mohammed Qasem Agha

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Samer al-Hamed

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Ahmed Lyad Faltih

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Wahid Akidi

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Mohammed al-Jalad

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Syrian Doctor: Dr. Fares Ghali

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Read more Articles:
http://www.newsweek.com/photos-syria-allegedly-show-torture-systematic-killing-278894

http://ryortho.com/breaking/syrian-doctors-run-hospital-despite-siege-and-civil-war/

http://www.bbc.com/news/10338256

http://physiciansforhumanrights.org/blog/while-syria-burns.html

http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/09/13/us-syria-crisis-health-idUSBRE98C0NG20130913

Source from: http://suic2011.wordpress.com/

Syria Assad Assault on Doctors 5

Working in a field hospital is like death!
International law is supposed to protect health workers treating anyone who is sick or wounded. Not in Syria!

The regime has in turn embarked on a brutal campaign to destroy the hospitals and kill their medical staffs.

In response to such barbarism, and in defiance of the new strategy, local doctors, supported by a few daring nongovernmental organizations, have set up field hospitals in factories, farms, houses, cultural centers, caves and even chicken coops to provide surgery and other care to the injured.

The regime is targeting anyone giving medical care in opposition-run areas.

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Bashar al-Assad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashar_al-Assad

#Syria #ASSAD #AssadCrimes #AssadWarcrimes #AssadGenocide #AssadHolocaust #syria_crisis #syria_conflict #syriacivilwar #torture #syrian_torture #syrian_refugees #childrenofsyria #Damascus #Aleppo

Article: http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/20/opinion/in-syria-doctors-become-the-victims.html?_r=0

Syria Assad Assault on Doctors 4

A direct assault on the medical system by the Syrian Assad government as a strategy of war.

1) 50+ of the country’s 88 public hospitals have closed because of the ongoing conflict. Many of them in contested areas or in areas outside of government control.
2) Syrian troop forces began detaining doctors, pharmacists, nurses, dentists, relief workers in Homs and other contested areas.
3) The deliberate destruction of pharmacies affects more than the war-wounded.
4) Destruction of power plants by the Syrian troops means no electricity, making it impossible to maintain a cold-chain for vaccines. X-Ray machines and operating room lights are dependent on generators.
5) Paramedics have been tortured and used as human shields.
6) Ambulances have been targeted by snipers and missiles.
7) Emergency medical squads are routinely prevented from evacuating not only wounded rebel fighters but also injured children and other civilians from rebel-held territory.

Direct attacks on medical workers and patients are not only appalling, they also violate the Geneva Conventions.

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Bashar al-Assad
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bashar_al-Assad

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