Nayf, 22, from Homs City, Syria, pictured with an unnamed comrade from the Free Syrian Army, in Al Mafraq, northern Jordan.
"It was a Friday and every Friday we had a protest. We [volunteers of the Free Syrian Army] would protect the protestors from the [Syrian] army, there were 15 of us and we had Kalashnikovs. When the protestors were moving from one area to another we heard that a Syrian army bus was on the way, eventually the bus came and stopped beside the protestors and opened fire, 14 were shot and we started to defend the people. While I was shooting at the army another bus load came and shot me. I was hit by 2 bullets in the leg. I fell down and the colleague who tried to help me was also shot, there were many injured on the ground. We were far from our colleagues but one threw a rope to me and pulled us from the place.
In Syria it is better to die than be injured, there is no help there. In the hospital the doctors put children in the garbage bins to hide them from the Syrian army when they came to look for injured people. I was assisted by the FSA to get to Jordan, it was very difficult, we were 60 persons with women and children and 7 injured. We had to walk the last 2 km until the Jordanian army received us, I was carried by different people. After 4 days I went to the hospital in Irbid and the doctor removed the bullet and fixed the bone.
Once my leg is better I will return to Syria. There is not enough provisions for all the refugees here now. I die 1000 times when I hear the news from Syria. I have no future if the regime stays, it is the same for all of us. There is no consensus for what to do in Syria, the UN observers seem to be supporting Bashar, they gave him 3 months for a ceasefire but he has used this time to kill more people. You just hear the numbers of killed but you don't' see them, that is a horrible thing that we deal with alone".