Young Damascenes and compulsory military service: a game of "cat-and-mouse!"

Young Damascenes and compulsory military service: a game of "cat-and-mouse!"
Investigations | 17 Mar 2015

Muhammad was able to postpone his military service in the ranks of the reserve army for several months, by paying "a large sum" as he says. He wishes neither to fight in the ranks of the regime's army, nor to kill one, nor die in the war.

All young men and civilians are afraid of raids carried out by intelligence or military police agents. Their hearts tremble with fear when standing at military checkpoints; while hundreds of them suffer from the constant extortion and thievery of those responsible for recruitment, and their incessant demands for hush money.

Listen to the story of Mohammad, Abu Ziad, and other young draft dodgers and reserve service escapees in the audio file HERE


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