A rebel fighter is being hailed as “Syria’s Banksy”

Syria’s answer to Banksy is Abu Malik al-Shami, 22-year-old rebel fighter. He paints on rubble in Darayya, a suburb outside Damascus hit hard by the civil war.

Al-Shami makes murals to cheer Syrians and conjure beauty from destruction. When the Free Syrian Army soldier began painting in 2014, he worried that Darayya’s citizens would resent his repurposing of destroyed homes, but quickly found a burgeoning fan club, instead.

“People started asking [about] these murals. They started...

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