Child Abuse: Terrorist Groups Use Children To Engage In #Mali Fighting


Because the terrorists are cowards

Bamako/Dakar — Children are playing a major role in the Islamists' war effort, say eye-witnesses and human rights groups, who report children are taking an active part in fighting, patrolling, scouting combat zones, and staffing checkpoints.

Oumar Diakité, a resident of Konna in Mopti Region, central Mali, which Islamist groups tried to capture on 11 January prompting intervention by French forces, told IRIN: "Young children have been recruited. These children are sent on scouting missions to collect intelligence... And during clashes, they put these children - often just Koranic students - into the front line." Konna has still not been recaptured, according to French military sources.

Children have been seen staffing checkpoints in areas that came under aerial bombardment from French forces, according to a 15 January Human Rights Watch (HRW) communiqué.

Diakité told IRIN: "They [recruiters] make them believe that if they die they'll go straight to paradise because they are defending God's will. I know a woman who had her son in the ranks. Luckily we were able to find him and save him just in time."

In and around the northern city of Gao the mothers of children who were recruited have been trying to find their children, said residents.

HRW says children as young as 12 have been seen taking active part in fighting, many of them carrying AK-47s or hunting rifles. According to them, Islamic groups Ansar Dine, Movement for Unity and Jihad in West Africa (MUJAO), and Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb, have recruited, trained and used several hundred children in their forces since April 2012.

Recruitment ramped up a couple of months ago, said Dufka.[More...]

Hamas also uses children as human shields. Like other terrorists groups mentioned here, Hamas also pimps children out to fellow 'akhi'

Posted by: Stable Hand at 03:50 PM


1 Unfortunately children have been fighting in wars for centuries. Doesn't make it right. That's just how it is. As for using children as shields or field whores, only a cowardly piece of shit would stoop so low, but then we all know that's the Muslim way.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at January 17, 2013 04:24 PM

2 If 'children' take up arms, they take up the consequences as well. If used as shields, those shielded carry that evil burden into the afterlife. And their is and afterlife.

Posted by: EROWMER at January 17, 2013 05:29 PM

3 Sorry for the kids but....BuBye.
Only good point is that maybe as now and future terrorists they did not have babys.
Lib screaming about that to start in: 5..4..3...

Posted by: Kafiroon at January 17, 2013 05:58 PM

4 Kafiroon is right.

Posted by: Mark at January 17, 2013 07:13 PM


Posted by: marcus tullius cicero at January 17, 2013 08:43 PM

6 WTF was that??!!??

Posted by: EROWMER at January 17, 2013 09:58 PM

7 This script is written by one those useless crusaders, is using child soldier in war a new thing? As for calling those islamist coward me and u knw dats far frm the truth, can ur family face dem alone? Why is france using fighter jet and drones against dem, if dy are real men dy shud fight on equal levels. The truth is dat this islamist love death as much as france love life and the europeans are aware of dat too.
Can me and u blow ourself up as a suicide bomber? Hell no we can't cos we don't wanna die.
So say the truth and stop lying to d public to serve ur politician and ur followers.
Am not supporting a war bcos its d civilian dat will suffer from d act.

Posted by: adeniyi at January 18, 2013 02:58 AM

8 # 7 was bright to you by hooked on eubonics.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at January 18, 2013 08:34 AM

9 @#8 Seems I need help myself in spelling.

Posted by: Moshe Ben Avram at January 18, 2013 09:23 AM

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