Dramatic conditions of Iraqi and Syrian children

2016-01-13 L’Osservatore Romano

Women and children are the primary victims of the horrors that accompany the conflicts in Iraq and Syria, which are mostly the work of the so-called Islamic State. 

British daily newspaper, Daily Mail, reports the testimony of several young people who have escaped the Jihadist group in northern Iraq. These witnesses stated that they were trained – brain-washed – to sacrifice themselves as suicide bombers. They reported being subjected to violence for failing to prove themselves by killing their parents who were considered apostates for failing to adhere to the ideology of Al Baghdadi’s men. Adding to these horrors, more generally, are the terrible conditions into which war has thrust an entire generation and which will have many repercussions in the future of the Middle East. Well aware of this fact, the international community is promoting actions to support the populations affected by the conflict. On 12 January the U.N. Special Envoy for Global Education and former British Prime Minister Gordon Brown announced that $250 million will be provided by the European Union and by businesses and governments of the Persian Gulf to fund a plan to guarantee the return to school of one million Syrian refugee children abroad in 2016.