…Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict for the United Nations, Ms. Radhika Coomaraswamy stated recently. After an April 2008 trip to Iraq, Ms. Coomaraswamy expressed her concern for the deteriorating situation for children there. In this press release:
Many of them no longer go to school, many are recruited for violent activities or detained in custody, they lack access to the most basic services and manifest a wide range of psychological symptoms from the violence in their everyday lives.
Specifically, she noted that “an increasing number of children have been recruited into various militias and insurgent groups, including as suicide bombers…” and urged groups currently recruiting or using child soldiers in their ranks to immediately release them.
Other postings on children fighting in Iraq:
- US has over 500 Iraqi “child soldiers” in custody
- Al Qaeda in Iraq Recruiting Young Boys, Children
- NPR Story on Militias in Iraq
Exact statistics or numbers of children fighting in Iraq are difficult to come by, but the evidence that they are there is certain.
More on this subject tomorrow…