Yahya Hawwa, voice of the Syrian revolution

Yahya Hawwa Syrian singerSeventeen members of his family have been arrested, but Yahya Hawwa still sings – and Syrian protesters have made his voice their own. Omar Shahid talks to the irrepressible voice of a revolution.

Yahya Hawwa was five when his father and uncle were killed in front of him in HamaSyria, in 1982. This was the era of Bashar al-Assad’s father, Hafez, whose forces are believed to have massacred 20,000–40,000 Syrian citizens. The memory left an indelible scar on Hawwa – now 36 and dubbed the “singer of the Syrian revolution”.

Read the full article in the Guardian here 

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