Transcript for Syrians Caught in the Crossfire: First-Hand Accounts
Tointd in this season of peace we have an extraordinary report from syria, a country steeped in biblical history but wracked by heartbreaking conflict. The latest chapterer in a war entering its third year now. Abc news has had ordinary syr syrians filming their own stories, often risking their own lives to do that. Now we bring you those reports from the people on both sides caught in the cross fire. 24-year-old abu is caught in the cross fire. Now I'm surrounded by regime forces. There are daily clashes and lots of bombs. And he's filming himself. This is what young men in war really look like. They are shooting at everyone, even children. 13-year-old abdulla uses his camera to film what no child should ever see. Every day, every day we have to have snipers. Oh my god, did you hear that? He shot at us. To protect this young boy's identity, we are not showing his face. This is the blood of someone that died here. I'm not afraid of death. Also documenting the carnage, a syrian photographer. It's the same as fighting at the front lines. These three anti-government activists live in the opposition stronghold where some of the fiercest street fighting of the war has taken place. Opposition fighters have fought back block by block, street by street, building by building. The people who live here never know where the battle lines are being drawn. Barely a teenager, abdulla handles the camera we gave him like a pro, documenting daily life from a four foot perspective. Now we're going to speak to the heroes of the free syrian army. How are you my brother? What's the news from the the fight against the regime fills most of his frame. His idea of fun, playing a protester in his community children's play who gets shot. But one day in august, abdulla confronted a scene so real it would make the most hardened journalist flinch. The aftermath of a bombing on a mosque in his neighborhood. There's been a bombing in the shopping district. They're trying to destroy the economy. Abdulla's lens follows the bloody victims as they stream by. Even at the most gruesome sight, he follows. Where was the rocket dropped? Who dropped it? The only time abdulla's camera waivers is when the unimaginable happens. Another bomb explodes just blocks away. The 13-year-old runs towards the smoke. A rocket. His voice the only thing revealing his youth. There are not many women on the front lines of this war. Once answer english teacher, she now risks her life to teach the world about the horror she sees every day. You saw a man die five minutes ago. Yes. Do you worry that could happen to you? You're not thinking. It's just something I have to do. So many girls died in the kitchen. More shells or shrapnel coming through the window, what's the point? We have had enough from not being able to say how we feel and now we can. We're going to build this whole country again from scratch, from zero. This is a rally. People want to bring down the regime. Abu, with the camera we gave him, records his work as an activist and aid worker. They have so many needs and they can use anything. But this is him, even while carrying meals to the needy he carries a gun. It's so crowded here. It is the perfect potential shooting gallery for a sniper. Used by both sides, snipers are hidden. They can strike anywhere at any time. All they need is a window and a gun. Snipers are there 24/7. At any moment we could lose someone. From his apartment window, abu films the consequences. That is the guy who rescued the two kids shot earlier and took them to the ambulance. Violence like this happens so often, no one in the crowd takes notice of the bloodied man. There's a sniper upstairs. And instead of cops and robbers, children here play a game of sniper. Give me the gun. I will shoot someone. Everyone. But just weeks later after filming these boys, abu himself became the victim of a real sniper. I hope to wake up and everything will be fine. There is no place that is safe enough. With most of the schools destroyed or closed, abdulla finds kids on the street with nowhere to go and nothing to do. Why are you playing? Are you bored? We're bored. There's no school. Why are there no schools? The teachers have left. Nothing's left any more. There will be no school until the regime falls. Abdulla channels his frustration by writing songs for the opposition. I lead protest songs at rallies in my neighborhood. I prepared these songs for rallies. It's made me a target. This song is called step down. And this is a list of songs that I will sing on friday. This has made him a target of the regime. There were times in the secret police -- another time they got me. My whole mily, even the girls, used to go out and demonstrate to topple the secret police and to topple injustice. Thank you for listening.
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