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  • I used to wear fancy dresses and high heels. But, not anymore.

  • I'm 24. 24 years. So you're going to spend a good part of your

  • 20s in war? Yeah, yeah. I have to do this for my country.

  • I have to give what I can give. It's pretty important to let the world see what's going

  • on. You know, I think nobody knew Syria on the map before this revolution. And now everybody

  • knows what's going on in Syria and that's because of the press covering what's going

  • on. That's really important. Somebody has to see all this. Somebody has

  • to know what this monster is doing to us, and to his own people. And, I'm making sure

  • that somebody is going to know. All the people in the world are going to see this, hopefully.

  • See us suffering. See the civilians suffering. I mean, it's not a way to do this. It's wrong.

  • You saw a man die 5 minutes ago. Do you worry that could happen to you?

  • You're not thinking in this mentality anymore. This is something I have to do. I mean so

  • many people, so many girls, died in the kitchen, like doing a dish wash or something, and

  • they have like a mortar shell or shrapnel coming through the window, and they like drop dead.

  • So what's the point? Why should I die cheap? So I have to go, I have to do this. I'm not afraid of death.

  • Bashar. I am Omar Hattab. I am 32 years old.

  • My nickname is Mowya. I was a civilian before the revolution started, but now I am fighting

  • in the Free Syrian Army against the Bashar al-Assad regime.

  • I joke that I always keep one bullet left in my gun for myself.

  • Yes, you must keep one bullet here in Syria. You keep it for yourself. It's better than

  • the regime catch you. I guarantee that way. You must keep one bullet. So you can die fastly.

  • They tortured me very hard. There are too many kinds of torture. For example, one time

  • they carried me, two men, one from my legs and the other from my neck, and they threw

  • me up and down from the ceiling to the ground. The most bad thing is when you hear the sounds

  • of the men being tortured, and you don't know if you are the next or not.

  • What did they accuse you of? Yes, because I say freedom. It is a very big

  • crime here. You know, they told us in the prison. Can

  • you imagine another one can lead this country? Only Bashar can lead this country. And they

  • believe it, they don't say it like that. They believe it, that only Bashar Assad can lead

  • this country. No one can lead it. Because he's genius. You see, how he turned the country?

  • Before that we oh, we feel bad, there is a lot of people in the streets, that's no good.

  • Look now, it's empty! You can walk like you want. This is the genius, Bashar Assad.

  • You're not safe anywhere. I've got my friend, she has been arrested, for so long. Last week

  • we received that she is dead. Because she was tortured, raped. It makes me sick. I'd

  • rather die. Really, I'd rather die than let them have me for five minutes.

  • Before this, all this, starts, before the revolution, I used to teach English, in school.

  • And, really sometimes I think like it's just, a nightmare,

  • all this that I'm going through right now.

  • If I go to sleep and wake up, everything will be fine, and I'll go back to school and teach. What about this building? Do you know what

  • happened here? No one knows. And no one wants to know. You

  • don't know how many people lived there, and there. And they have dreams, they have their

  • lives. They laughing sometimes, they crying sometimes. All that's end now. All that end.

  • This is the

  • center of the city, you know what's the meaning, center of the city? Look. Can you imagine

  • Wall Street like that? If the government comes by voting, no problem.

  • What the people want, I will. I like the government, I don't like it... but it must be democracy.

  • Not from father to son. And the animals too, hate Bashar. Look, she

  • feels safety here, with us. We're not terrorists, like they say.

  • In this place, my friend died. It was the first time that he puts on a mask, on his

  • face. Because he decided to be in the FSA. And nobody could recognize him. We've got

  • one guy wounded, and he wanted to help that guy, but nobody could cross to that bleeding

  • guy in the middle of the street because of the bullets all over the place, and the security

  • forces. But he has the guts, and he went for it, and other guys got encouraged and ran

  • to help him out. And he dragged the body, and his friends helped him. Once he got to

  • that point, one bullet went through his chest, and he, he died. The funny thing is that our

  • friend was standing in that corner, and, videotaping the whole thing.

  • And he didn't know that it was our friend, because he had his mask on. So the guys grabbed his body and tried to

  • take him to the nearest field hospital. And they took off the mask. And it was him. And

  • he just shouted, "Ehsan." He was like my brother. He's just 19. Too bad that they had to hold

  • the responsibility as men, because they're only teenagers. I'm not going to forget this

  • boy. And I'm going to continue to fight, as he did. I'm not going to give up, even if

  • I have to die, I'm going to do this. Nobody had an idea about politics here, because

  • we don't talk about that. We're not allowed to talk about politics really, even with our

  • families. I cannot open a conversation about politics with my mother or father, because

  • we're just so much scared that somebody might overhear us, and the next day somebody might

  • knock on our door and arrest the whole family, just for talking about politics. Syria is,

  • is destroyed now. It's true. It's true. But now, we've got one thing that's worthy. That

  • we can talk, and express our opinions about anything. I mean, that's really worth all

  • this sacrifice. Because we had enough. From not being able to say how we feel, or what

  • are our opinions. And not being able to participate in this country. And now, we can. We're going

  • to build this whole country again, from scratch, from zero. And, it doesn't matter how long

  • does this last. Or how much damage it's going to be. Because, really, all the males and

  • females of this country are willing to build it again, and even better than it was before.

  • Proud to be Syrian. Because Syria is going to be better, without that criminal. Yeah.

  • It's beautiful without this guy, running this country. So, we're working on that. Yeah,

  • we do. The animal, maybe this cat, is more important

  • for the Americans than the Syrian people. Because, I'm sure, that the animals have rights

  • in America, more than the people here. They don't care about us. So what, maybe if you

  • film three or four cats, and put it on YouTube, maybe one million will watch the video, will

  • see the video, in one hour. They don't care about the people.

  • Maybe, after the Americans see that, they will find there are cats here in Syria. I

  • hope they will help the cats. Maybe see, oh there are cats in Syria. So, let's go help

  • Syria. Don't care about the woman, just care about the cat. At least the cat is an animal,

  • it needs some support. People have said this before?

  • Yes, we feel that. I know it's not real, but, it's this close to being real.

I used to wear fancy dresses and high heels. But, not anymore.

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