(TELEGRAPH) — He is too small to be able to hold his weapon properly, but this little boy, Ahmed, is already a fighter in the Syrian civil war.

The photograph, taken on the front line in Aleppo’s Salaheddin district, was used by media outlets around the world in a jolting reminder of the dehumanising character of war.

Ahmed said he went from being a carefree boy with a loving family to a child soldier living on one of the most lethal streets of the devastated city of Aleppo.

“I ended up helping my uncle and his comrades because I have no other choice, there is no school, my family is dead, what choice do I have?” he said.

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