Massacres. Violence on the streets of its cities. A growing refugee crisis. Calls for international intervention.
This is Syria.
Brutality is an everyday ordeal for the devastated country that has been suffering through a two-year-long civil war that has pit government forces against rebel fighters. When looking at the humanitarian crisis that has evolved in Syria, it is difficult to understand how it got to this point.
Here are the 5 Fast Facts you need to know about the Syrian Revolution (which has morphed into the Syrian Civil War).