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Sep 13, 2014
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Syrian Child Soldier: "I've Gotten Used to Killing Soldiers."

#4500 | 01:51
Source: LBC (Lebanon)

Following are excerpts from an LDC TV report on a Syrian child soldier, which aired on September 13, 2014:

Reporter: They arrive here as children and quickly turn into killing machines. Sometimes, they are urged to come by those older than them, but in most cases, they arrive on their own accord, in order to fight for the sake of their families and their country, Syria. This is what they say, or are taught to say. 12-year-old Midyan Abu Al-Qa'qa' is one of these Syrian children. He voluntarily joined the ranks of the fighters, after his father was killed in battle in the south of Idlib. Midyan is a skilled sniper and he can fire mortars, but he prefers to be a sniper, which is exactly what he does in the Wadi Deif Camp, east of Maarat Al-Nu'man.

Midyan Abu Al-Qa'qa': I get up in the morning and try to shoot some soldiers. Sometimes I manage to shoot one or two, and sometimes I don't.


There's nothing to it. I feel fine. I killed my first soldier on this front. When I killed him I didn't feel anything. He was the first, but then came a second, and a third… I've gotten used to being a sniper.

Reporter: One veteran says that children make the best soldiers. When you give them orders, they obey. They never doubt anything. Midyan believes that the revolution for which his father sacrificed his life will be victorious.

Midyan Abu Al-Qa'qa': We will continue the revolution until we win or become martyrs.


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