The Boy who started the Syrian War | Featured Documentary

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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.

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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no one wins any conflict. the only winners are companies who sell arms.

Author — Shabeer Bulbulia


I'm just now watching this video a year later and wondering if some of these ppl are dead now. It's so sad...

Author — joshua turner


The boy should not be blamed. If he didn't paint that graffiti, something else would happen to trigger the conflict. Because we all know who WANTED that war to be there anyway.

Author — Wendell Chiang


Why can't we go back to the traditional fight with horses and swords, be real men .
Not use weapons that cause unnecessary killings of innocent .

Author — Metaphetamine 99


What beautiful children, they don't deserve this.

Author — anbakeoriginal


50, 000 kids killed? Beyond imagination what grown-ups can do for their benefits. A real dark side of human nature.

Author — Yoonsang Rhee


Long live Syrian peoples. You are the master of your own fate. Democracy jindabad. Love and support from Nepal 🇳🇵

Author — dungeon of dragons


I don´t know what is sadder, this documentary or the comment section.

Author — Nour M'hamedi


Do "the kid who started the Iraq war George Bush" next 😁



I dont think any sane Syrian would want any ties with either ISIS or Assad. They just want a democratic country where they could vote or choose its president.

Author — Jon as it is


So you just blaming a kid
Who wanted that war???

Author — Aliyan Ali


Salute to these brave people...they are real Brave. Love from India.😢😢

Author — mohiuddin khan


O God please save these poor people and their children .. Save their life and save them peace.. They demand justice.. Give them strength 🙏🏻 Heartbreaking story

Author — Traveling DEEPAK


God bless our Syria and God bless yeman

Author — James Williams



Author — prallund feucht


Oh god this is so horrifying
Please God save innocent people

Author — Bear O Dear


Guess the CIA has been working hard huh

Author — Manny Gee


I wish them good luck and may God be in their favor and protect them in their path.

I'm christian and I hope my Muslim brothers and sisters will be safe.

Author — William Tellis


A little one sided, again al-jazzer-what are you leaving out?

Author — Bruce Bright


They failed miserably. Long live Bashar alAsaad

Author — Ommy Azzy