AA / Erbil (Iraq)
In decline following Turkey’s successful operations against it, the PKK terrorist organization continues to forcibly recruit children to join its ranks in Syria and Iraq.
The terrorist group has suffered heavy losses, especially after Ankara launched a series of “Claw” operations in recent years.
The loss of momentum in this terrorist organization can also be verified through its so-called media, which has launched calls for public demonstrations and protests that have fallen on deaf ears.
Supporters of the terrorist organization have been banned from observing demonstrations in the Iraqi city of Erbil, and demonstrations in the city of Sulaymaniyah have mobilized few participants.
The PKK is trying to maintain its shaky power by deceiving and forcibly recruiting children whose families are increasingly raising their voices in protest against the terrorists.
A protest sit-in organized by families of young people kidnapped or forcibly recruited by the PKK and its Syrian branch, the YPG, has reached its thousandth day in front of the office of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (HDP) accused of having links with the PKK. The movement also aims to show the world how the organization abuses children. In fact, the PKK / YPG continues to use children as combatants despite an agreement with the United Nations (UN) to release them.
– Children kidnapped by PKK / YPG in Syria and Iraq
Mohammed Alo, a Syrian-Kurdish activist, told Iraqi journalists that the PKK-affiliated “Revolutionary Youth” organization abducted a young girl named Culya Tarik Dedo outside a school in the Syrian city of Aleppo.
According to a report by Gulanmedia, a media affiliated with the “Kurdistan Democratic Party (KDP)”, Meryem Hidir, an Iranian mother, said her 13-year-old daughter, Esrin Muhammed, had been abducted by PJAK. Iranian branch of the PKK, and that her daughter had been killed while trying to escape the mask of the organization.
In another case, the PKK abducted two people from Duhok in July 2019, according to Iraqi media. Their fate is still unknown at present.
According to a report on May 21 from the television channel Rudaw in northern Iraq, Meryem Ferid Muhammed was abducted by the terrorist group in the northern Syrian city of Ayn al-Arab on October 31, 2021. His father, Ferid Muhammed, sought intervention. by the authorities for the release of his child live on television.
Sakir Muhammed Hibo, a 14-year-old boy from the city of Qamishli, and Fehed Abdulrahman, a 15-year-old from the Ayn al-Arab industrial zone, were also allegedly abducted by the terrorists. Their families have spoken to local media and asked that their children be rescued.
Iraqi media also reported on the kidnapping of two young brothers in Aleppo, forced to join the armed ranks of the PKK / YPG.
According to local sources, Ibrahim, just 9, and Muhammed Sevki Yusuf, 10, both born in the nearby town of Afrin, were abducted on June 5 by PKK / YPG terrorists in central Aleppo, about 42 kilometers from their hometown.
Pictures posted on social media near the PKK / YPG on June 10 showed that the terrorist organization is recruiting 11 other children of Kurdish and Arab origin. These pictures showed the children with a poster of Abdullah Öcalan, the alleged leader of the imprisoned PKK, and the banner of the terrorist group.
Abdulaziz Temmo, head of the independent Kurdish association in Syria, told the Anadolu Agency on June 7 that kidnappings of children under 10 by the PKK / YPG had increased over the past six months.
In a written statement dated April 1, the Syrian Network for Human Rights (SNHR) said that the PKK / YPG abducted two young girls aged 16 and 17, named Rosil Seyho and Zahide Kocar, in the Sheikh Maqsood district of Aleppo. The document reveals that the terrorist organization did not allow the children it abducted to see their families and that the girls were taken northeast of Aleppo to the PKK / YPG terrorist camps in the Manbij district to be trained there in the use of weapons.
The PKK / YPG abducted four children aged 14 to 16 from the Ayn al-Arab region in late February, a 14-year-old child from the Tal Rifat district on March 28, two girls aged 16 and 17 from Aleppo in end of March, and four children in Aleppo in April, to join its armed forces.
– International reports
The US State Department also mentions the PKK / YPG’s forced recruitment of children in the 2020 report on human trafficking published on 26 June 2020.
In a January 2020 report, the Office of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights revealed in its findings that the PKK / YPG uses children as combatants in Syria.
In July 2019, Virginia Gamba, the UN Secretary – General’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, signed an action plan with “Syrian Democratic Forces”, labeled the PKK / YPG terrorist group uses in Syria, to end and prevent the recruitment of minors under 18 years of age. However, the terrorist group continued to violate this agreement.
Pictures and information about child fighters are also disseminated in the terrorist organization’s media.
During its more than 35-year-old terror campaign against Turkey, the PKK, classified as a terrorist organization by Turkey, the United States and the European Union, was responsible for the deaths of more than 40,000 people, including women, children and infants.
* Translated from English by Alex Sinhan Bogmis
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