Rasha, right, in the introductory scene of the YouTube show “Umm Abdo al-Halabiya.”
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A 9-year-old girl has become the star of a YouTube channel comedy that depicts with bittersweet humor the harsh reality of everyday life in rebel-held areas of Syria's Aleppo.The script is resolutely anti-regime and the show is the first of its kind to give a bold insight into life in rebel-held areas of Aleppo.In one episode, Umm Abdo, wearing her traditional dishdasha is chatting on the telephone with her sister, who lives in a regime-held neighborhood of Aleppo where water cuts have become a fact of life. Aleppo has been divided into regime and rebel areas ever since a major offensive by insurgents in July 2012 .Hadi, who is based in a rebel-held area of the city, said he decided to cast children to better illustrate the "suffering" of the Syrian people to "rebels, loyalists, Arabs and Europeans alike".
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