Child soldiers | Families protest recruitment of under-age daughters by “Al-Shabiba Al-Thawriyah” outside UN headquarters in Al-Qamishli city • The Syrian Observatory For Human Rights

Child soldiers | Families protest recruitment of under-age daughters by “Al-Shabiba Al-Thawriyah” outside UN headquarters in Al-Qamishli city

Al-Hasakah province: SOHR activists have monitored that the families of female minors, recruited by “Al-Shabiba Al-Thawriyah”, have protested, in front of the UN headquarters in Al-Qamishli city, with the presence of members of the Kurdish National Council.

The girls’ relatives have called for bringing their little daughters back and putting an end to the recruitment of children in the ranks of Al-Shabiba Al-Thawriyah.

The families of female minors have lifted banners in front of the United Nations headquarters stating, ” Child Recruitment strikes fear into the hearts of mothers – Minors are candles- Don’t blow our candles – Our little children are the pen of life – Child hold weapon, how come?”

Yesterday, SOHR sources reported that the families of three minor girls, who had been recruited by “Al-Shabiba Al-Thawriyah” (the Revolutionary Youth), staged a vigil near the headquarters of the Autonomous Administration of Al-Jazeera region in Amuda city in Al-Hasakah countryside. The families called for bringing the girls back, while mothers appealed to the head of Syria Democratic Forces “Mazloum Abdi” and International and humanitarian organizations to interfere and bring their daughters back from the military camps of “Al-Shabiba Al-Thawriyah”. It is worth noting that several civilians from Amuda city participated in the vigil, expressing solidarity with the girls’ families.

Despite repeated appeals by SOHR to stop recruitment of minors, “Al-Shabiba Al-Thawriyah” continue attracting children in SDF-held areas. According to SOHR sources, “Al-Shabiba Al-Thawriyah” recruited a boy known by his initials as K. H. From Al-Qamishli city in the past few days.

We, at the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, renew our demands to both “Autonomous Administration” and SDF stop taking advantage of disputes of children with their families and put an end to recruitment of children in the ranks of Al-Shabiba Al-Thawriyah. We also call upon “UNICEF” and all organizations concerned with the rights of the child to intervene immediately to prevent violations against children and recruitment of children into armed groups and to bring all little recruits to their families.

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