Video: Boy Soldier Talks About the Syrian Civil War

Photo: Sebastiano Tomada/The Daily Telegraph

Photo: Sebastiano Tomada/The Daily Telegraph


He’s unable to shoot his weapon without resting it on the floor, but is already on the front lines of Syria’s civil war. The eight-year-old boy, named Ahmed, is one of the children fighting in the conflict, and was profiled by the Telegraph in a chilling video over the weekend:

“I ended up helping my uncle and his comrades because I have no other choice, there is no school, my family is dead, what choice do I have?” he said.

Ahmed’s mother and father died in a mortar strike in Salaheddin neighbourhood, where his father had been working as a fighter with the rebel Free Syrian Army. Now the only person Ahmed has left is his uncle, a rebel who the boy follows and imitates as he fights against government soldiers. […]

A report by Human Rights Watch has warned that hundreds of children from the towns worst affected by the conflict in Syria are being trained to take part in the war. Young boys, mostly from the age of 14 years old are sent on reconnaissance missions or to smuggle weapons to opposition groups.

The Syrian civil war has claimed more than 70,000 lives over the past two years.