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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💬 Comments on the video

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

Author — Shabeer Bulbulia


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 — Methamphetamine 99


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


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 boys didn't start the Syrian war, The security forces did

Author — Nautybilal


The video should be called “ cops who started a war”.

Author — Mehuljeet Singh


The most heart breaking part is that the whole world is just watching.

Author — Dave Oloo


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

Author — Nebullar Object


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



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 — Nothing More


The engineering guy that came back home to help out is an amazing man. I wish I had the balls.

Author — michael benkosky


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

Author — Aliyan Ali


This is sad... Don’t give up!!! All those who literally fighting for their lives. God Bless everyone!!

Author — Sharalynn Shanley


God bless our Syria and God bless yeman

Author — James Williams


i think Toyota have good market in syriya..

Author — Patel Kashyap


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


Arab nations are doing fine...Its just other nation*s interest to divide and rule ! 😠😠😠

Author — shahi manis


No way in their evil minds did they have any right to kill peaceful protestors!
Taking of property and depopulation is what's going on.

Author — No One


Oh, I thought the picture of the "boy who started the Syrian war" would be of Barack Obama...

Author — Edd Spencer