The author of the Syrian uprising’s unofficial anthem tells Efe of his regret that the peaceful movement against the regime had since dissipated. It is a decade since his famous song “Ya Hayf” ("What a Shame," in English) rose to prominence.

Singer-songwriter Samih Choukeir, who self-exiled in Paris a few months before the uprising broke out, recalls that he was distressed by images of government forces firing at unarmed civilians, inspiring him to compose the song.EFE-EPA