There is one thing I would like to highlight. What happened in Syria is not a war. It’s not a civil war. It started in March 2011, and people were inspired by the Arab Spring. In the regions surrounding them, Egypt, Libya and Tunis, people came out and were protesting for freedom and for their dignity.
In Syria, people saw this and they were inspired. It was children that came out and wrote on the walls of their school, Ejak el door ya Doctor or your turn is next doctor. They were just kids; they didn’t know what was going to come out of this. They had no idea. They didn’t know how deadly this regime is. So, they wrote this on the wall and then the next day they were arrested and tortured and some of them killed. I couldn’t imagine myself in the shoes of their parents.
People were peacefully protesting in the streets with flowers and with water in their hands and they just said we want freedom, we want dignity, and we don’t want to be oppressed by this regime. They were peacefully protesting but the Assad regime met them with bullets, harassment, and torture so it was not really a civil war it was a dictatorial regime that killed anyone that opposed it.
More than half of the Syrian population is outside of Syria right now. Half of the population has been displaced by the Assad regime. They have been forced to leave their homes and everything they’ve ever known. It has tortured and killed their children. There are so many people who have disappeared, and their families know nothing about them.
It’s understandable that the world doesn’t know the reality, but it’s not a civil war. The regime is much stronger and killed so many. A civil war has to be two equal entities, and in Syria that was not the case.