activists posted a video online on Wednesday which shows a group of kids from the Idlib region declaring they are joining the Free Syrian Army, the armed rebel group fighting against Bashar Assad's
A girl surrounded by some 20 kids who appear to be holding daggers and rifles, is shown in the video declaring they are "defecting from our schools." She said, "We are leaving our games to join the Free Syrian Army and protect our people in the face of the whole world's helplessness in defending and aiding Syrians."
She further added, "We can sit idly by as we watch the blood of our people being spilled before our eyes. We have a right to defend our childhood which Assad's army has forsaken."
Syrian kids join rebel forces
The girl did not fail to mention those nations who thwarted a UN resolution calling on Assad to resign. "We say to Russia – our blood will not forgive you. Shame on you for giving Assad weapons which are aimed against us. In light of the shameful international silence we have decided to carry weapons to protect our people and ourselves.
"We say to dictator Bashar's regime – have you not had enough of our blood that you bomb us with tanks and artillery? You shall fall whether you like it or not! Even if you bomb us with planes we are willing to sacrifice our lives for our freedom."
The children then concluded their message by calling out "Allahu Akbar."
On Tuesday the UN's human rights commissioner Navi Pillay estimated that more than 400 children have been killed in Syria since the beginning of the uprising. "They are being arrested, tortured, raped and deprived of water and food," she said at the General Assembly.