The international politics surrounding the Syrian war have taken a number of twists and turns. But the storyline for Syria’s children has been horribly linear. It’s gone from bad to worse, with kids as young as seven being used as fighters and prison guards. According the latest Unicef report, “the past year has been the worst since the crisis began, with children pushed right to the brink — being recruited at an ever younger age, being used to man checkpoints, being trained to use weapons, serving as prison guards.”