Syrian war, five years on: What the headlines aren't telling you
Five years ago this week, planned demonstrations against the regime erupted across Syria, marking the beginning of a conflict which has killed as many as 470,000 Syrians.
The ceasefire brokered on Feb. 27, 2016 by the U.S. and Russia has provided some relief, with one human rights group in the region saying that violence is down 80% since the ceasefire began.
Bessma Momani isn't optimistic about those developments. But she challenges the assumption that all hope is lost for Syria. She tells Brent how the desire for change among Syrian youth is stronger than ever. She says that civil society is flourishing in areas not under siege, with everything from women's groups to liberated media and talk shows.
Bessma Momani is the author of Arab Dawn: Arab Youth and the Demographic They Will Bring, for which she interviewed youth from 15 Arab countries — including Syria — about the future of the Middle East.