A revolution begins

In the beginning of 2011, the Arab spring came to Syria. At first, the regime successfully forbid the people from taking to the streets. BUt the revolution had come to stay.

Like a fire

Soon the demonstrations grew, and spread from cities to cities. Young and old, poor and rich, the people took to the streets demanding freedom, dignity and democracy.

The revolution won't be televised

The regime tried to censure the media, to prevent people to know what was happening. But with the help of social media, mobile cameras and record equipments, activists documented their demonstrations. And the brutal crackdowns.

Fly like a bird

Some syrians recall the demonstrations like to breathing for the first time in their lives. For someone born in a democracy, it is hard to imagine what it feels like to live and think and breath in a dictatorship.

The independence flag

The green, white and black flag is used by the opposition in Syria. It is a new version of the old syrian independence flag from 1932. The flag has been chosen to mark independence from the Baath Party's flag that Hafez Assad (Bashars father) imposed when he took power in syria over 40 years ago.

Resisting the bullets

Despite the regimes violent crackdowns, the demonstrations only got larger. Often the regimes soldiers shot right into the demonstrations, killing hundreds of protesters. Imagine the bravery to take to street the day after that. And after that. And after that.

Spread the word

With high security and planning, activists smuggled flyers and spread them at bus stations, markets and on the streets during nights.

The flood of the people

In 2012, the revolution came to Aleppo with full force. The regime answered with a curfew, but the people had stopped listening to orders from the dictator.

The children of the revolution

Families took to the streets. And their children joined.

"A message from hunger and bombardment"

The people of Syria has since the revolution tried to get attention from the world. But the response has been too silent.

Everyone engaged

In the planning and preparation of the demonstrations, everyone helped and worked together.

"The walls have ears"

This was a famous saying in the dictatorship. The secret police of Assad could be listening everywhere. So what to do if the walls have ears? Paint them with messages of freedom and democracy!