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Syria Crisis: Children 'Recruited' By Armed Groups

World  (tags: Syria, civil war, children, abuse )

- 2169 days ago -
Increasing numbers of children in Syria are being recruited by armed groups on both sides of the conflict, Save the Children says in a report.


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Jennifer Ward (40)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 4:18 am
The Arab Spring is proving to be the ultimate nightmare.

Gene J (290)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 6:08 am
"For many children and their families, it is seen as a source of pride, the report says, but some children are being forcibly recruited into military activities.
In some cases, children as young as eight have been used as human shields, the report says."

Well that certainly puts a whole new slant on being proud of your children's achievements, doesn't it? Of course, these are people who are proud when their child straps on a vest of explosives and suicides taking with him (only a handful of her) as many innocents as possible, including other children. Nor is this a new tactic, Iran and Iraq used children as human shields (amazing, that, since a shield should deflect a way a bomb or bullet and the human body isn't capable of that) in the war that neither nation could ultimately win - both of whom then proceeded to bluster against the US and Israel, both of whom could do them serious damage without being touched unless it was by the first provocation. These are not people who value human life the way the rest of the world does. These are not people who care for their children the way the rest of the world does. These are people who do not educate their children, especially their girl children, the way the rest of the world does. These are people who think their daughters should die for "honor", who think their sons should be somewhere else enjoying the services of 72 virgins. Who are all in hell. These are not people like anyone else in the world. That entire region is a living nightmare. Of course, those children who are growing up, the ones not killed, are going to be scarred for life, what child wouldn't be? And they'll be the next generation of maniacs the world has to deal with, whichever side "wins". They have been doing this to each other for thousands of years, you'd think someone would eventually conclude this is not a good way to live, or die. That region needs a Martin Luther King, a Ghandi, someone to lead them out of the wilderness, hopefully before they kill him, or her. Insane barely begins to describe "policy" in that region. And this nirvana is what they want to bring to the rest of the world too. Pray that never happens. I don't accept the bible as anything other than a disjointed series of stories but if Revelations has any truth, the part about the war to end all wars beginning in the middle east would be the part I could believe. They seem to be trying to start that war somewhere, every day. Suffer the children is a phrase coined just for them, because they are so damn good at creating suffering for their children. I'd ask where will it all end, except I'm not sure I want to know the answer.

Vlasta M (7)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 6:36 am
Islam has no respect for human life on this Earth, and thus urges Muslims to strive for eternal life, i.e Muslim paradise with 72 virgins and 12 per-pubsecent boys (for men since most Muslim women go to hell and the rest of non-Muslims).

Sending one's child to die as a "martyr" i,e, while killing non-Muslims or other enemies, ensures the whole family entrance into Muslim Paradise. That is why mothers in Gaza and West Bank are proud of their shahids (martyrs) who blow themselves up while murdering Jews and Americans.

So is with this chlidren who are now sent to fight Assad and his trbe of Alawis, whose blood those "freedom fighters" want to drink. This is an Arab spring continuation, which made Christians flee Arab countries (Jews had to escape with their lives when Israel was formed), and which is supported by Barack Hussein Obama, who may have started it with his anti-American speech in Cairo in 2009.

Israel should not let this master of Taqiyya-Islamic principle of lying ( into Israel where he will cause even more trouble for EVERYBODY, since Barack Hussein Obama is a friend of his Muslim Brotherhood to whom he gives access to the Whtie hosue, US taxpayers money and F-16 for their war on Israel and women.

Giana P (398)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 7:10 am
Just terrible, and we just sit here and do nothing!

Alexa R (319)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:33 am
Heart-breaking, I quote: ""I don't think there is a single child untouched by this war," the report quotes a child called Safa as saying. "Everyone has seen death, everyone has lost someone. I know no one who has not suffered as we have. It is on such a scale."

The Save the Children report echoes similar findings made public by the UN children's agency Unicef on Tuesday.

Unicef warned of a lost generation in Syria, saying children under the age of 18 were growing up knowing nothing but violence, were being deprived of a right to an education and were suffering traumas that could scar them for life.

As many as 70,000 people have died in the two-year conflict, the UN believes.

More than a million Syrians have now been registered as refugees by the UN in neighbouring countries."

And the media/world remains silent ..

Michela M (3964)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 8:35 am
sadly noted

Cousin It Addams (8)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 9:39 am
there's no fix. we are "doing nothing"? no we are "doing something" and that is arm the extremist brotherhood and al qaeda rebels there.

there's no deals to be made in syria that aren't deals with the devil (and by this i mean literal satan, evil entity, inventor of mohammedanism)

Beth S (330)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 10:04 am
If the children, used as human shields, had been because of self-defense injured by Israelis, we'd be hearing until we were deaf.

Lee Hampton (15)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 11:46 am
Child brides, child soldiers, what's next?

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 2:08 pm
“… but some children are being forcibly recruited into military activities.
In some cases, children as young as eight have been used as human shields, the report says.
One group affiliated to the opposition has documented the deaths of at least 17 children associated with armed groups since the start of the conflict; many others have been severely injured and in some cases permanently disabled, the report also says.”
“Unicef warned of a lost generation in Syria, saying children under the age of 18 were growing up knowing nothing but violence, were being deprived of a right to an education and were suffering traumas that could scar them for life.”

When the U.S. had its civil War, 625,000 men gave their lives for what they believed in, whether it was for or against slavery. We did not use any children. Maybe a few accidentally were killed; however, none were ever enlisted into the war.
As bad as many countries talk negatively about the United States, one thing they can never say about us is that we use our “wee little children” for fighting our battles!


Russell R (87)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 4:37 pm
They will live under islam - It's a plague that needs to be eradicated!

P. L. Neola (21)
Wednesday March 13, 2013, 6:16 pm
@ Russell R.
@ Russell R.

Yes, Islam is a plague worse than Polio, Elephantiasis, Roundworm, Hookworm, Whipworm, Trachoma, River Blindness and Snail Fever, which are diseases affecting over 1 billion people globally. At present, is not Islam a part 1.5 billion of our global population?

Yes, Islam needs to be eradicated off the face of the Earth!!!

You know something! I think Islam is the reason why over 1 billion people are affected with those previously stated diseases!

Actually, I think Islam is THE REASON and THE ONLY REASON!!!


Tommy S (11)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:45 am
islam-- satans official earthly residence

John J (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:43 am

Golda Meir said
“We will have peace with the Arabs when they love their children more than they hate us

parental love and respect for children-or anything for that matter- anathema in the islamic world where all appear to be
condemned to perdition for their blasphemy against the spirit.

Vlasta M (7)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 6:01 am
While Syrian Islamists are abusing their own children, the Syrian diplomats are staging a jihad at the UN against Israel, claiming that Israelis abuse their children. Amazing hypocrisy at the UN, which is now led by the torchbearers for Islam, such as Barack Hussein Obama who extolls Islam and Qur'an while dissing bible. All those Islamists are skillful in application of the Islamic principle of Lying-Takiyya, which was improved by the Mufti of Jerusalem, Amin al Husseini, who spent WWII in Berlin egging Hitler on to hurry up extermination of Jews in Europe and come to the Muslim world to exterminate Jews there. This Nazi war criminal was let go without trial for his war crimes (organizing 2 Muslim SS divisions) in 1946 by the British and French to Egypt where he started riling up Muslim mobs to murder the Jews in Palestine.

Islamic teachings are incompatible with the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and thus unsuitable for human consumption anywhere. It is a supremacist ideology teachings hate of non-Muslims (and particularly Jews) and condoning pedophilia, polygamy, misogyny, dhimmitude (apartheid) and murder for Allahu Akbar. Islam and its institutions should be treated as Nazism and Nazi party membership.

P. L. Neola (21)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:51 am
@ Vlasta M.
@ Vlasta M.

It is possible that the Islamic countries, for example, Turkey, Lebanon, Syria, Saudi Arabia, etc., etc. are just BRANCHES of the MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, meaning the U.N. is becoming a little too Islamic for Western Civilization's taste!!!

Past Member (0)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 11:14 am
Arab countries, was sabotaged in the name of democracy.
And tools are Islam .
I do not want to talk politics.
I hate politics and politicians.
Noted , thanks .

Carol Dreeszen (346)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 12:46 pm
Anyone who would use the innocence of children for evil is beyond the scum of the earth!!

Ira Herson (13)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 1:41 pm
What more can be added to the postings already here.

It is a sad and tragic situation that drags children into the danger and trauma. The crimes commetted agasint these children is beyond words. I weep for them and their future. What kind of generation will Syria have next? A generation traumatized and desensitized to war and violence. These people will be ill equipped to live in peace and will see all conflicts are settled with violence.

A new generation of Jihad and twisted views of what life is supposed to be.

This is only the start of a new generational cycle of death and destruction.

If this is the Arab Spring, what will the harvest be?

Bettina Galo (70)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:17 pm
It's horrible what they're going through these Syrian children being forcibly recruited and die in the midst of a battle that has nothing to do with them. I resent how quickly international organizations acting when economic or strategic interests of the country and the lack of that same action when what is at permanent risk of innocent life is. Sincerely me sick and I feel powerless against such terrible situations like this.

Madhu Pillai (22)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 3:34 pm

marie C (163)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:34 pm

Stan B (123)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 4:38 pm
The leaders on both sides of this conflict should be tried for war crimes for making children do their fighting for them.
The Iranians have a similar record.

Winn A (179)
Thursday March 14, 2013, 7:08 pm
Very sad to say the least.

Elizabeth M (65)
Saturday March 16, 2013, 3:39 pm
This is very sad and should not be happening!!! 'Using children as shields' - what kind of cowards are these??

Melania P (123)
Monday March 18, 2013, 11:33 am
These people are really crazy.... Poor children

Nancy Black (308)
Tuesday March 19, 2013, 9:19 pm
Noted, tweeted, tweeted, shared, shared. There is no recruitment here; there is forced slavery. As the soldiers on both sides and certainly the leaders shoyld be charged with war crimes and human they are captured or when if ever the conflict is over. Sad and shameful when a people have no regard for the lives of children.This certainly can't be because of any reasonable religion or lawful standards because it is murder and slavery.
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