Former lion tamer Rose, gave an interview in Aleppo, Monday, where she has taken up a position on the frontlines fighting with the Syrian Arab Army against militant extremists.
SOT, Rose, Female Syrian Army soldier (Arabic): “When this crisis began and I left the zoo, I decided to work and serve my country here so that I could get my zoo and old job back. I expected it would be a matter of one or two years but we are still here now in our positions.”
SOT, Rose, Female Syrian Army soldier (Arabic): “I was very attached to the animals I raised, I loved them. Now they’re in an area controlled by the opposition, it is a very big sacrifice for me to be away from them.”
SOT, Rose, Female Syrian Army soldier (Arabic): “Here we are either defending or on the offensive and I hate to stay in one position, I want to go on the offence and penetrate enemy lines.”
SOT, Rose, Female Syrian Army soldier (Arabic): “It didn’t occur to me, we shout at each other ‘Abu Jaffer we are coming for you, we won’t slaughter you, we have other plans for you.” I reply ‘Do your very best’. I am threatened but it’s nothing for me, mountains aren’t scared of the wind, I don’t care.”