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ʿAyn al ʿArab: YPG recruits two primary school students

KurdWatch, May 25, 2016—On March 25, 2016, cousins Samira ʿAbdu Shaikh Bozan (b. 2004) and Amal Mustafa Shaikh Bozan (b. 2003) were recruited for the People’s Defense Units (YPG) of the Democratic Union Party (PYD). The six-graders are from the village of Bira Khat, forty kilometers southeast of ʿAyn al‑ʿArab (Kobanî). Their parents only found out two weeks later that their children had been recruited. When Samira’s father demanded her return saying that she was still a child and thus too young to carry a weapon, he was told that she’s old enough to make tea. Samira was allowed to temporarily return home on April 25 on account of illness. Thereafter, her father smuggled her into Turkey. When he returned to Syria on May 9, he was kidnapped by the YPG, who subsequently demanded the return of his underage daughter. »Additionally, the YPG threatened an uncle of Samira’s in Turkey over the phone. Her mother was also intimidated. They even asked her to positively depict her daughter’s recruitment to the media«, a relative told KurdWatch. Amal Mustafa Shaikh Bozan is still with the YPG.

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