CHILD SOLDIERS: The Islamic State (IS) released a video on Sunday showing a military training camp for children in A-Raqqa city, known as the “Al-Faruq Institute for Cubs.”
“Being prevented from working combined with the lack of school options make it easy for IS members to force children into recruitment,” Muhammed Hassan, a member of the Deir e-Ezor LCC, told Syria Direct on Monday.
The video comes several days after the Islamic State’s announcement last week banning children under the age of 13 from working in territory it controls, the online media campaign, Ar-Raqqa is Being Silently Slaughtered reported.
Children in Syria are often deprived of available school options, particularly in IS territory. One reason is the dearth of teachers.
“IS imposes strict conditions and requirements on those it allows to teach in territory it controls,” citizen journalist Farat al-Wafa’a told Syria Direct recently.
“As a result, the city has witnessed a large shortage in teaching staff,” he said.
-February 23, 2015
– Photo courtesy of @fawziiovic.
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