Portrait of a Child Soldier: Hamrin

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The ninth grader Hamrin ʿAbdulhamid Husayn (known by her family name ʿIdi) was recruited on December 23, 2014 by fighters of the People’s Defense Units (YPG), without her parents consent. According to eyewitnesses, the girl was taken in front of her parent’s house in ʿAmudah, a town in the province of al-Hasakah in northeastern Syria. The family accused the PYD of being responsible for their daughter’s abduction. In a press statement her brother, Marwan ʿIdi, explained:

»I went to the Women’s Defense Units and the Asayiş of the Democratic Union Party. Both claimed that Hamrin did not stay with them. Hamrin had, however, contacted a friend via phone and told her that she was about to go to a military training camp in the mountains of Qandil with a group of other girls.«

On December 24, 2014, about ten of Hamrin’s family members organized a public demonstration in ʿAmudah (photo). They called for the PYD to let their daughter go home. Hamrin’s brother Marwan publicly declared that his sister’s abduction in front of her parent’s house was a crime and that those responsible should be identified and prosecuted.

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