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  • Abdel Razak al Cotton was a well to do farmer in Syria's rural hammer province.

  • Now 10 years on from the start of the Civil War, he is penniless, homeless and living in a tent in northern Idlib.

  • Far Worse Cartoon says he has lost his 13 Children and wife in the conflict.

  • After I went out following the revolution, I lost three Children and I started moving from one village to another.

  • Until I reached Saqib.

  • I lost another seven at the gas station.

  • I've lost 13 Children now, and my wife I'm amen.

  • His oldest child was 27 the youngest just 13 years old.

  • He says some were rebels opposed to President Bashar al Assad's government.

  • Speaking to Reuters through tears, Cartoon showed a video on his phone, which he said showed the grizzly execution of one of his sons.

  • Reuters could not independently verify his account of the civil war, but his story is not uncommon.

  • Yeah, hundreds of thousands of people have been killed in the fighting that began with protests that quickly turned violent in 2011.

  • Millions more like cotton, have fled their homes for safer areas within Syria or as refugees abroad.

  • The Assad government denies that it tortures captives.

  • Moscow and Damascus also deny accusations of indiscriminate bombing of civilians, saying they only target radical militants.

  • Assad has survived the insurgency and now hold sway over many parts of the country.

  • Helped by Russia and Iran.

  • He is set to maintain power after a presidential election later this year.

  • As for Cotton, now 84 years old, he lives with his surviving grandchildren, and the wives of his dead son's animals are to help with them and me.

  • I'm a farmer and people knew this in the north, I used to work with 1800 acres and I used to be one of the leading farmers.

  • I'm a tough farmer now.

  • I am penniless, but I thank God for everything.

Abdel Razak al Cotton was a well to do farmer in Syria's rural hammer province.

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