Children made to star in Syria's propaganda films7/1/2012
These images of innocent children dressed as soldiers holding real weapons are profoundly troubling, but serve to illustrate the ruthlessness of the conflict in Syria. Children as young as four or five years old are being used as propaganda and becoming unwitting targets in the polarizing conflict between the state (and Assad) and the Free Syrian army, as both sides heavily feature children parroting rhetoric they can barely understand, to rally live crowds or make videos. One 4-year-old boy's chanting in a "patriotic rally" lead to the death of his two brothers in an attack fueled by a bounty put on his head after his image was shared widely on Facebook.
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