Lyse Doucet tells the story of one of the biggest humanitarian crises of our age, the Syrian civil war – seven years of brutal conflict, surpassing the length of World War II. In this first episode, Lyse tracks of the first months of the uprising through to the chemical attack in Ghouta that finally revealed the reluctance of the US to intervene in the war, despite the crossing of President Obama’s ‘red line’ on chemical weapons. It starts by telling the story of two characters in Homs – one a protester, the other a government loyalist.
Part two begins as Raqqa falls to a mixture of Islamist and moderate forces. The story of the extraordinary events of the following months is told by two characters. One is a protester who aims to build a new civil society based on democracy, the other is a torture victim who joins the Islamists as a hired assassin.