In March 2011 in the Syrian city of Deraa, teenagers were arrested and tortured for painting revolutionary slogans on a school wall. The Syrian public responded with pro-democracy protests demanding the resignation of President Bashir al-Assad. The protesters were met with extreme, widespread violence. Since the Siege of Deraa, state violence—largely centred on the purposeful destruction of homes and communities—has spread across the nation. Approximately 10% of the Syrian population has been disabled or killed, while forced displacement and punitive home demolitions have resulted in one of the worst humanitarian crises in modern history. In fact, over half of Syria’s population has been displaced both inside Syria and in neighboring countries. The conflict in Syria as an example of extreme domicide—one that goes hand-in-hand with extreme displacement—as a tactic of war in one of modern history’s most bloody and intractable conflicts.
Syrian Domicide Resources