punemirror.in : Syria girl, 9, is star of YouTube show on war

BEIRUT A nine-year-old girl has become the star of a YouTube comedy that depicts with bittersweet humour the harsh reality of everyday life in rebel- held areas of Syria’s Aleppo.

Rasha plays the role of ‘Umm Abdo al-Halabiya’, a housewife who must make do in a city devastated by more than three years of violence, despite daily bombings and severe shortages. The 30-episode eponymous show, shot on location in the city which was once Syria’s economic hub, stars only children playing adult roles and has been viewed by tens of thousands of Internet users. Umm Abdo rants against President Bashar al-Assad, takes swipes at rebels who have been trying to oust him and also mocks Syria’s overbearing social norms.

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