Eight years ago this week, 15 Syrian teenagers were detained and tortured for spraying anti-government graffiti on a school wall.
That was the beginning of an uprising that led to a civil war, which continues today.
The conflict has killed an estimated 560,000 people and created nearly six million refugees.
The UN and the European Union are holding a donor conference in Brussels to raise nine billion dollars for humanitarian assistance.
With the war now entering its ninth year, what does the future hold?
And what hopes are there for peace?
Presenter: James Bays
Taleb Ibrahim – Pro-Assad government voice and Former Professor at Auburn University
Yahya Al Aridi – Syrian High Negotiations Commission Spokesman and opposition representative
Wa’el AlZayat – Former Senior Syria Adviser to Samantha Power, the former U.S. Ambassador to the UN
Richard Gowan – Senior Fellow at United Nations University.
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