Red Lines follows two activists. Razan Shalab-al-Sham, 27, the daughter of a wealthy family in Homs, Syria, was an English major who adored Shakespeare in college, and then turned to directing a vast network of financiers, activists, and smugglers spanning Syria. Mouaz Moustafa moved with his family from a refugee camp near Damascus to Arkansas when he was 12. Sixteen years and a world of experience later, his contacts in the Arab world and the Free Syrian Army made Mouaz an essential source of intelligence for the U.S. government and media, and political access for the revolution.
Seeking to prove to the world that a democratic Syria is attainable if the rebels were armed and supported, Mouaz and Razan hatch a plan—one as audacious as it is dangerous: Start with one free Syrian village. Create a democratically-elected civilian council and transform the rebels into a police force. Provide proper training, communications equipment, paychecks, supplies, and create an island of democracy worth saving.
But despair looms, along with the nightmare scenario they prophetically feared if the West didn’t intervene. This exhausting journey, under a despot’s reign and over their own red lines, reaches a heartbreaking conclusion in the early years of the Syrian civil war. But both know even years later that giving up cannot be part of this story’s end.
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