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

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

Author — Dave Oloo


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 C


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

Author — Nautybilal


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


When you realize that assad's family wealth estimated at 122 billion dollars while Syria's budget for 2011 ($ 16.3 billion dollar only) you will know the cause of the revolution.

Author — Donut


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



I was born in 2010 and I'm from Syria
This happened when I was only 1 and thanks to Allah I survived

Author — a x s t h e t i c


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

Author — michael benkosky


I really really hope that one day Syria will have what they've wanted, "Peace"

Author — tricia constantino


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

Author — Mehuljeet Singh


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

Author — Nebullar Object


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


God bless our Syria and God bless yeman

Author — James Williams


Savage government treating it's people like that.

Author — amy hannah


I cant stop thinking who among these people are still alive

Author — Paowee Angel


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

Author — Sharalynn Shanley


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


This makes me weep. That it continues makes me angry.

Author — MrTupuhi


What beautiful children, they don't deserve this.

Author — anbakeoriginal