WHAT WAR BRINGS: children forced to be militants
A Daily Kos poster Sue4theBillofRights wrote a diary on children in
With Taliban looking on approvingly, these tearful children in
A Canadian child, Omar Khadr, was detained in
Khadr is at times despondent, and then inconsolable, as he takes turns answering the questions of his Canadian interrogators, followed by other periods where he refuses to look at them at all.
And over in
Taliban leader Baitullah Mehsud has been increasingly using the children in attacks, the officials said. A video released by
Reports out of
It is difficult to put a number on this – all we know that the number is more than zero. Children in
This was also reported in 2006.
Some children have been recruited by insurgents to fight in
…. “I have been trained to be a suicide bomber but he [the insurgent trainer] wants me to wait for an opportune time to become a shahid [martyr] in a very special attack and until that happens, I have to help in attacks against the US troops who are against Islam and [who are] the killers of my parents,” Mustafa said. ‘Shahid’ is a religious term in Islam that literally means ‘witness’. It is a title that is given to a Muslim after his death if he died during fulfilment of a religious commandment, or during a war for the religion.
……According to the instructor, insurgents give weapons to child fighters after training them for three months on how to use them. He said very small children unable to carry the weight of a weapon are instead taught how to use hand grenades and taught how to distract US soldiers before attacks.
And this is a report from 2007.
Eleven-year-old Seif Abdul-Rafiz and his two brothers were left with no choice but to leave school and work so as to help their unemployed parents make ends meet. Unable to find a job, Seif resorted to making bombs for Sunni insurgents who are fighting US troops in
Mohammed,13, finishes his breakfast, changes his clothes and walk three kilometres, not to school or even work but to a training campaign. Carrying a Kalashnikov assault rifle and a belt filled with bullets, he kisses his mother with a broken heart and heads for the unknown. "I was forced to help militants to save the life of my mother and sisters," he tells IslamOnline.net with a tone full of sorrow and pain.
…… "My father was killed by US troops on the outskirts of Ramadi two years ago and since than my mother has been struggling to bring us enough money to survive," he recalls bitterly. "One day, five men came to our door and threatened her. They wanted me to help them in exchange for food and the rent," he added. "If we refused, they would have killed me and my oldest sister. My mother had no chance even to think. She had to agree."
….. Mohammed has been trained to become a suicide bomber, which he hates.
And, from the same article, another child’s report:
"I lost my arm in the same attack that killed my parents and sister," Bilal [not his real name] told IOL in al-Qaim, referring to the 2004 onslaught on Fallujah. "I swore to take my revenge from the
Oh, what a horrific reality we have created in
And then there is the reality of the
If you support the continued occupation of
Statement from an
If I say nothing, I have failed. If I do nothing, I am guilty. If I live by these ideals of democracy I can see that war is failure. A war of opportunity rather than necessity is unjust. War is the antithesis of peace, prosperity, democracy and freedom. Let us hear the stories of these young men and women. Let us see through the eyes of the Iraqis and the minds of the soldiers what has occurred under the auspices of freedom and democracy. Let us then ask ourselves if conflict has brought peace. Let us be challenged by the horrific atrocities that no one should have to bear, and then ask ourselves if they were worth it. ~ Drew Cameron
Cameron, who hails from a military background, was raised by his father to value the ideals that the military professes: loyalty, integrity, and honor. His trip to