“I didn’t want to run the risk of killing a kid”

‘Suddenly two of the men moved off, leaving one man with the child – it was a girl, no more than 10-years-old. At this point I realised something was wrong – the man picked up a rifle and moved behind the child, taking aim at me.’

The soldier, known as Murf, could either protect himself and fire – which risked injuring the child – or hold off.

He decided to wait.