This isn't great ('culture clash' 'refugee crisis') but it's an interesting story about the young boy who 'sparked' the uprising in Syria in 2011 and was imprisoned and tortured along with his friends before fleeing to Austria
also, re chemical weapons and the killing of civilians @BodyInTheThames @blueturtle
there isn't an absolute prohibition on killing civilians under international humanitarian law (has to be proportionate to the military advantage sought, certain safeguards in place etc.) but there is an absolute prohibition on the use of chemical and biological weapons. This isn't a war crime just because of Syria's obligations as a state party to the relevant instruments - the absolute prohibition on these weapons is considered part of customary international law. this basically means it's pretty much universally accepted by all state actors that there is a norm of international law that these are prohibited. not necessarily because it's so 'abhorrent' or more morally wrong than conventional weapons but because it's just so well established that the use of these weapons is never justifiable.