War games all too real for "Young Patriots"

Friday, February 7, 2014

Spanish photographer Oriol Segon Torra spent a week documenting life at a military summer camp in Mogyorod, Hungary for his photo series "Young Patriots".

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The ten to fifteen year old children are trained by active members of the Hungarian Armed Forces; the uniforms and the machine guns are the same as that of used by real soldiers. The only difference is that they do not use live ammunition, but blanks.

During the one-week training session children live in tents; they get up five o'clock in the morning. The day starts with close combat training, learning about weapons and war simulation is also part of the program. It is not uncommon that children stay up all night.


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