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The Article: Egypt’s Street Kids Are Revolution’s Smallest Soldiers by Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson on NPR.
The Text: In Egypt, a disturbing trend has emerged in recent clashes between protesters and security forces: children placing themselves on the front lines.
Activists say several have been killed or wounded in recent months by gunfire and tear gas. Plus, 1 out of every 4 protesters thrown in jail following clashes in December was a child.
Their advocates say most, if not all, of these kids live on Cairo’s streets, and that they see the revolution as a way to escape their isolation from society.
Every Friday, crowds of Egyptians gather in Cairo to chant slogans against their military rulers. But recently, a small group tried to bring attention the plight of street children who take part in demonstrations — a problem few protesters like to talk about.
They shout that the ruling generals should be ashamed for killing or jailing the children.
Rally organizer Amira Abdelhamid hands the children who show up helium-filled balloons.
Eleven-year-old Ahmed Adel says he likes going to protests to check out what’s going on. Ahmed admits he throws stones at the soldiers and then runs away.