Photos Of Children Fighting In Syria That You Must See

The war of the young.

1. Children have been involved from the start of the Syrian revolution.

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A member of the Free Syrian Army holds up a child as he protests against Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad

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3. But as the civil war enters it’s third year, more and more children are becoming involved in the day-to-day fighting.

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4. Many of the boys follow their parents into the war.

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A Free Syrian Army checkpoint guard with his son.

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6. Reporters on the ground say of the rebel forces: “most are young civilians, some 16 or 17 years old.”

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7. Boys as young as 12 have been reported on the battlefield.

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8. Some are younger than that.

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9. Young boys who cannot handle weapons are used to carry supplies for the rebels.

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10. This boy runs to avoid sniper fire.

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11. And feeding ammunition for artillery.

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12. Many of the teenagers are snipers.

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13. Because of their endurance and good eyesight.

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14. There is formal training for these boys…

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15. … so they will be competent on the battlefield.

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16. They fight in bedrooms that could be their own.

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17. And use basketball courts they could be playing on as a location to fire mortars.

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18. They sleep wherever they can.

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19. They sleep in classrooms that they just graduated from.

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A boy with a gun on a school bench.

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21. This is how they shower.

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22. And this is how they swim… sometimes in captured pools and sometimes in craters left by bombs.

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23. They are wounded along with the older solders.

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24. And they keep photos of their families with them.

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25. And no matter how macho they act…

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26. … they are still kind of just kids.

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27. Kids with play things.

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These children use this former Assad tank as a jungle gym.

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29. And while the boys fight, the girls wait in long lines for humanitarian aid.

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A girl cheers near the site where a jet fighter belonging to forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad crashed.

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31. For these children, their country has changed forever.

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‘Free Syria’ in Arabic.

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32. But the question remains how long will the devastating war rage on?

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6-months old laughs as he is posed with a machine gun.

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33. I hope not long.

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