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A 10-Year-Old Boy Making Mortars For Syrian Rebels

The Story Of Issa, A Boy Making Arms For Syrian Rebels, Will Break Your Heart.This is Issa. He is a 10-year-old Syrian boy.
This is Issa. He is a 10-year-old Syrian boy.
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He lives in the war ravaged city of Aleppo. 

Issa makes mortars to be used by the Free Syrian Army.
Issa makes mortars to be used by the Free Syrian Army.
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 Issa machines his own mortar shells.
 Issa machines his own mortar shells.
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The machining is difficult and dangerous.
The machining is difficult and dangerous.
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Issa, A 10-Year-Old Boy Making Arms For Syrian Rebels
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Issa, A 10-Year-Old Boy Making Arms For Syrian Rebels
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  He assembles the mortars by hand.
 He assembles the mortars by hand.
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 Issa also fixes mortar launchers.
Issa also fixes mortar launchers.
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 These weapons are many times his size.
These weapons are many times his size.
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 And the work is dangerous.
And the work is dangerous.
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 Issa works in the factory every day of the week except Friday.
Issa works in the factory every day of the week except Friday.
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 He does this for 10 hours a day.
He does this for 10 hours a day.
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 At the end of his long days, Issa walks home with his father.
At the end of his long days, Issa walks home with his father.
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 He feeds his pet bird.
He feeds his pet bird.
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 And eats dinner with his family in the dark.
And eats dinner with his family in the dark.
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This is Issa’s life.
This is Issa’s life.
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 Issa is just one of many young fighters of the Syrian revolution….
Issa is just one of many young fighters of the Syrian revolution….
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