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The Boy Who Started The Syrian War
The Boy Who Started The Syrian War
The Boy Who Started The Syrian War
46 min • Politics & World Affairs, History • 2017 • MA15

Arrested, beaten and tortured for a youthful act of defiance, over 500,000 would die in Syria after a 14-year-old boy sprayed anti-Assad graffiti on his school wall

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The Boy Who: Part 1
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1. The Boy Who: Part 1
24 mins

Over 500,000 would die in Syria after a 14-year-old boy was arrested, tortured and beaten for spraying anti-Assad graffiti on his school wall. We tell the story of Mouawiya Syasneh, the boy whose graffiti lit the spark that engulfed Syria.

The Boy Who: Part 2
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1. The Boy Who: Part 2
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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.

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