Syrian Civil War By:Lani


The start of the Syrian Civil was between the Assad family who has ruled over Syria since 1971. Unlike any other governments, the Assad family, was not as religious as their people wanted them to be. Not only were people affected by this, they were looking forward to a long-promised economic and political reform. Syrian War, not only consisted of the thousands of people who were affected by all the violence, but as well as the diseases that were spreading around, throughout this conflict. Diseases such as poliomyelitis, measles, and cutaneous leishmaniasis. But of course during this conflict, the health care system in Syria had been integrated into the civil war battlefield. Leaving medical transportation's and hospitals torn and out of service. From this point, Syria was going down hill.


During the symptomatic stage, protesting started to occur when a group of teenagers got caught painting anti-regime graffiti. These teens were taken by police and were tortured, the youngest being 13, soon died after being tortured for so long. The people of Syria were fueled by the failure of the government to punish the perpetrators. A month after all of this happened, the Syrian Army also fired on demonstrators and the protests became a full-scale armed rebellion.


Soon enough local areas in Syria formed their own militias with the goal to tear down their government. These were the goals of the Free Syrian Army (FSA). This group was a combination of local area tribal groups, deserters of the military, and of course people who never approved of the Assad family. FSA soon killed 136 villagers, along with the Alawite (ethnicity of Assad family) villages were massacred. Some citizens were executed for taking a moral stance and failing to follow orders to execute civilians. Not to mention so many innocent families, and children were greatly affected by all the violence. Kids were found under piles of rubble, and about 5 million refugees who have fled Syria are children. It's a horrible thing to have to go through at such a young age.


The world waits. Will Syria fully recover? This war has brought the country's economy down, so much money, lives, buildings, and belongings have been lost. It will take some time to fully recover. The Syrian conflict now in its fifth year, will not guarantee a stop to all the illegal businesses starting up. The conditions that this war has left, are in such bad shape, the population has decreased, and percentage of unemployed workers is greater than 50. Due to the this the recovery will take some time, and putting a stop to all these violent groups will take some time as well. But as of right now, Syria is at it's lowest point, but they haven't given up just yet.

Syrian War vs. French War

French and Syrian War consisted of a very poor economy to start off with. They were organized differently, for example the French was divided into three groups, called Estates. Meaning some groups were more educated and wealthy than others, which of course determined what kind of jobs they would endure. The French also had an absolute monarch, King Louis XVI rule over their country, while Syria had a president rule their country. Meaning instead of getting divine rights from God, he got votes from the people of his country. Another thing these two wars didn't share in common, were the complaints they were having and what they were over. For example the French seemed to have a problem with how the votes were being counted, for each of the three estates. While in Syria, they complained about how their government weren't as religious or stable as they thought they'd be.

Despite all the differences that these two wars shared, there are many similarities as well. For example, the French had ordered troops to gather to help him regain power. Just like how Syria had formed groups to help the citizens gain power, and take some away from the rulers. Most wars usually start off with two groups of people disagreeing with each other, which then leads to a bigger issue, such as war. Both rulers of the French and Syria ended up dying during their reign. During the crisis stage, both countries had killed more than hundred thousands of people, innocent people.

My Research:

- My research was the best part of this whole project. The challenging part was relating it to the French War, only because things have changed since then. We don't have absolute monarchs anymore, they're not as common as they were back in the day. Other than that I found all the violent scenes very interesting. They were so violent, you didn't know those type of actions were even taking place, or that things could possible get this bad. I chose this war, mainly because it was all over social media, especially when the kids were involved. Which was very heartbreaking because these children shouldn't have to go through this at such a young age. This project has really opened my eyes, to what really has been going on out there, and has shown me how fortunate we are, to have all these protests, and fights instead of our country getting bombed or blown up!



Created with images by seier+seier - "aleppo, the citadel, syria, easter 2004" • jarmoluk - "medications money cure" • DFID - UK Department for International Development - "Syrian children outside their temporary home, in Lebanon's Bekaa Valley" • biloud43 - "Et surtout, un esprit de groupe assez fort." • Beshr Abdulhadi - "Syrian people 42" • Arcaion - "the military infantry the army"

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