One Child-Soldier's Story
Excerpt from an interview with a child-soldier conducted near Khorramshahr
at the front during the Iran-Iraq War. The interview was first aired
on Iranian television, and has since been posted on the
video-sharing site YouTube. The soldier was killed in battle soon
after the interview.
I, Mehrdad Azizolahi, am a soldier of Isfahan, and I am 14 years old, and the reason I came to the front was really those brothers who came to us and told us what good qualities the front has, and anyone who goes becomes psychologically strong and self-sufficient, and those insufficiencies and those sins will be cleansed. And I came to the front so that maybe I may be some help in the way of God and my sins may be forgiven. . . .
Just right now, as we were coming from the front, a mortar hit five meters from us—just exactly five meters from us—and the wave of it shook us, but not one of us got a blow from it. And we can do nothing against such terrific forces, no weak thing to protect us, only God protects.
Did you ever remove minefields during the war?
Were your parents satisfied? Did you get permission from your mother?