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“Syrians”: 52 Children Recruited in AANES Areas in 2023

"SDF" leader Mazloum Abdi, and the Special Representative of the Secretary-General for Children and Armed Conflict, Virginia Gamba, during the signing of the action plan to end and prevent child recruitment at the United Nations headquarters on June 29, 2019. (The official website of the Syrian Democratic Forces)

Documented by “Syrians for Truth and Justice” Recruit at least (52) A child during the year 2023, in areas under the authority of the Autonomous Administration of northeastern Syria.
“Syrians” (An independent Syrian organization) mentioned, it is Despite the pledges and promises made by the Autonomous Administration authorities regarding preventing the phenomenon of child recruitment and limiting this practice in areas under their control, many of the military and non-military authorities, licensed by them, are still depriving dozens of families of their children.
The organization revealed recruitment 29 A minor and 23 Minors, geographically distributed in the Qamishli region (22 case), and in the Sheikh Maqsoud neighborhood in the city of Aleppo (13case), and in the city of Manbij (7 cases), and in Raqqa (6 Cases), and in Ain al-Arab/Kobani (4 conditions).
According to the documents collected by “Syrians,” the “Revolutionary Youth” was responsible for (43) At least one case of child recruitment, while the Women’s Protection Units (YPJ) and other military groups affiliated with the “Syrian Democratic Forces” were involved in the rest of the cases.
An investigative report by Syria Indicator revealed, under the title,“Fueling the Flames of War The Plight of Kurdish Children in Northeastern Syria”، Published in May 2023, it was doneDuring the years 2021 and 2022, 55 underage female children were recruited, and 42 male children were recruited during the same period, bringing the total number of recruited children of both sexes to 97 girls and boys.
Analysis of the data revealed that recruitment, seduction, or “kidnapping,” as described by the people, took place in different regions and cities, all of which are under the control of the Kurdish Autonomous Administration, and whose military arm is the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF).
Data analysis showed a focus on recruiting female children versus male children, and the percentage of female children among those kidnapped was 56.7%, while the percentage of male children was 43.3%.
Continued recruiting comes in, though“The action plan that was signed between the Syrian Democratic Forces and the United Nations at the United Nations Palace, on June 29, 2019,” According to which the “Child Protection in Armed Conflict Office” of the Autonomous Administration was established on October 20, 2020, then theChild Protection Law (Law 54) 2022; Which stipulates “removing the child from armed conflicts.”
The “Syrians” organization confirmed that it had recently learned from a private local source that the “Child Protection Office,” which was attached to the “Women’s Authority” in the Autonomous Administration, had become a substitute for the independent office that was dissolved more than a year ago, and“It does not conduct any monitoring or documentation of cases of child recruitment, and refuses to receive complaints from families whose sons and daughters have been recruited.”

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