The Story Of Issa, A 10-Year-Old Boy Making Arms For Syrian Rebels, Will Break Your Heart

The war of the young.

1. This is Issa. He is a 10-year-old Syrian boy.

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He lives in the war ravaged city of Aleppo.

2. Issa makes mortars to be used by the Free Syrian Army.

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3. Issa machines his own mortar shells.

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4. The machining is difficult and dangerous.

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5. He assembles the mortars by hand.

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7. Issa also fixes mortar launchers.

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8. These weapons are many times his size.

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9. And the work is dangerous.

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11. Issa works in the factory every day of the week except Friday.

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12. He does this for 10 hours a day.

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13. At the end of his long days, Issa walks home with his father.

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14. He feeds his pet bird.

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15. And eats dinner with his family in the dark.

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16. This is Issa’s life.

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17. Issa is just one of many young fighters of the Syrian revolution….

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