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Tuesday, September 26, 2017

ISIS has planted a ticking bomb that is hard to defuse: traumatized children

AMMAN, JORDAN—In camps for internally displaced persons and in the war-torn towns and villages of western Iraq, there is one legacy of the so-called Islamic State’s brutal reign whose magnitude experts and authorities are only beginning to understand: traumatized children.

From the stateless children of ISIS members, to child soldiers and the tens of thousands indoctrinated in ISIS schools, a generation of young Iraqis has been traumatized and radicalized by the nihilistic jihadist group. They are at war with themselves and their own community.

In the words of one trauma specialist, many of these children have, as a result, lost their “trust in humans and humanity.”

Unless authorities and the international community work to help reintegrate these children into society, including by providing counseling and psychiatric care, experts warn that Iraq and Syria will face a generational “time-bomb” of extremism, deliberately planted by ISIS, that could one day again threaten regional stability.

Experts warn, too, of a lack of trained mental health professionals to deal directly with the children’s emotional wounds, but they hold out hope for one solution that may be more within reach: If enough teachers can be found, getting the kids back in a school environment could create the stability needed for some healing.



Anonymous said...

They are nothing more than cannon fodder for isis.

Anonymous said...

Worse, they are and will be ISIS indoctrinated drones, ready to do the bidding of their leaders. Thanks, Hillary and Barack!

Anonymous said...

Come on man.
You know full well that those 2 are puppets of the international powers that be (campaign financiers).
ISIS is a CIA creation and does exactly what they are told to do and pretend to say in the public domain.
The script is well written from Langley and the American People (and everyone else in the world) pay a heavy price for this "operation of profit". War profiteering.

Anonymous said...

Hard to defuse? I'd call it impossible.

Anonymous said...

Yeah 814, it was Hillary and Barack that invaded Iraq, overthrew the guy who was keeping these groups in check, and failed to create a stable government in the aftermath.

Anonymous said...

Hillary and Barack had 8 years to fix that screw-up. How'd they do?