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ʿAmudah: Hamrin Husain accidentally admits she is underage

KURDWATCH, January 6, 2015—On December 29, 2014, despite threats from the PYD, family members of Hamrin Husain, the ninth-grader who was recruited by the Democratic Union Party (PYD) [further information], organized a rally in ʿAmudah calling for the girl’s return. Numerous activists and supporters of the Kurdish National Council took part in the protest. The Women’s Defense Units (YPJ), a subsidiary organization of the PYD’s People’s Defense Units (YPG), released a short video interview with Hamrin on December 28, in which she claims to have voluntarily joined the Women’s Defense Units. When she is asked for her age, the girl answers: »They claim that I’m thirteen, but I’m sixt.., I’m eighteen.« Shortly thereafter Hamrin’s family released a copy of the family register in which Hamrin Husain’s birthdate is listed as 5. January 1999. Thus Hamrin was fifteen at the time of her recruitment.

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