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Children Used on the Front-line of Islamist Demonstrations

Egyptian Children dressed in 'white death shrouds' at a pro-Morsi demonstration

Egyptian Children dressed in ‘white death shrouds’ at a pro-Morsi demonstration

Shocking footage has emerged of Egyptian children being dressed in white ‘death shrouds’ in preparation for their ‘martyrdom’ by pro-Morsi families in a large demonstration at Rabaa al-Adaweya.

The children were heard chanting pre-rehearsed lines and were seen carrying posters that say “I am ready to die!” during a short march.

This is not the first time that such images have emerged, however media and government attention over the issue remains spotty, as debates over politics have quickly overshadowed social problems plaguing Egypt.

Under both international and local law, using children under 18 years as a tool for politics and placing these children at severe risk of death or injury is illegal.

With an impending dispersion by the government of the pro-Morsi demonstration at Rabaa al-Adaweya, it is evident that the lives of hundreds, if not thousands, of children will be put at severe risk.

The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood (a government department) has expressed concerns over the issue and has even labelled the use of children as a political tool “human trafficking.”

However, with a budget of 48 million Egyptian pounds ($US 6.85 million) and just 193 employees and due to current turmoil, the council lacks the necessary resource, and ability to take necessary steps to ensure that this child abuse is tackled.

As of yet, it does not appear that non-governmental organizations have attempted to tackle the use of children as a tool for politics by Morsi supporters. The United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) in Egypt, however, is well-equipped and has previously provided necessary humanitarian and technical assistance to ensure children and mothers in Egypt are well-cared for.

Meanwhile, the media (both local and foreign press) appear to be enamored by recent political unrest, and have largely avoided tackling social issues.

Foreign governments meanwhile are still debating on whether to label Egypt’s latest unrest as a “coup” or a “revolution,” with the US Government deciding to not decide at all.

Though Egyptian Streets cannot independently call on government, UNICEF, or others to help ensure that Egyptian children are kept safe form such abuse, concerned citizens of Egypt and the world can, by ensuring that this child abuse is reported to relevant authorities, including local and foreign government representatives, NGOs, and the media.

Update: UNICEF acknowledges reports of child exploitation by political groups

The following statement was released by UNICEF in response to outrage over ‘child abuse’ at demonstrations:

“UNICEF is deeply concerned by reports that children have been killed or injured during the violent confrontations in Egypt over recent days. Disturbing images of children taken during street protests indicate that, on some occasions, children have been deliberately used and put at risk of witnessing or becoming actual victims of violence. Such actions can have a long-lasting and devastating physical and psychological impact on children. We call on all Egyptians and political groups not to exploit children for political ends, and to protect them from any potential harm.”

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Contacts:

UNICEF Egypt: http://www.unicef.org/egypt/contact.html

The National Council for Childhood and Motherhood – http://www.nccm-egypt.org/e61/index_eng.html

Full list of NGOs in Egypt can be found on the website of Child Rights International Network (CRIN): http://www.crin.org/reg/country.asp?ctryID=63&subregID

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9 Comments on Children Used on the Front-line of Islamist Demonstrations

  1. If anything positive can be drawn from this it’s that when a group reaches the point of using their children for suicide killings, it’s near the end of their resources. This means they have run out of adults willing to kill themselves to prove mearly a political point. Morsi is only a man and a man out of a job to boot. He’s not going to get his old job back under any circumstances and anybody willing to die for such a futile attempt is either and idiot or a child. Hence the use of the children. Such a wonderful futile society Islam has spauned. They all must be very proud of all they have managed to accomplish.

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  2. Islam its the Tic,tic, tic Bomb…….. The only sick religion you can say that the parents love there children to death literally….

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  3. MaryAnn Khafagi-Otten // July 31, 2013 at 6:56 am // Reply

    Really really sick!!!Children are a Gods gift

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    • I Will Never Understand A People Willing To Kill Their Children For Politics Or Religion! What Kind Of Religion Is This! Dear God They Are Crazy! Death Shrouds For Children???? I Remember Getting Chills When I Heard Bin Laden On The US NEWS! His Remark “We will Win” & When Asked Why He Was So Sure , He Remarked “You People Embrace Life, We Embrace Death”(Not Exact) But Close Enough! HOW DO YOU EVEN ATTEMPT TO MAKE PEACE WITH SUCH EXTREME VIEWS????????? I JUST WATCHED A PRETTY LITTLE GIRL IN A SHROUD SAYING SHE WOULD BE HAPPY TO DIE A MARTYR???????? GOD HELP THESE MISLEAD PEOPLE!

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  4. at those who r saying that’s the MBH, really? explain this thinking:
    Qur’an 3:110—You are the best of peoples ever raised up for mankind; you enjoin Al-Ma’ruf (i.e. Islamic Monotheism and all that Islam has ordained) and forbid Al-Munkar (polytheism, disbelief and all that Islam has forbidden), and you believe in Allah. And had the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) believed, it would have been better for them; among them are some who have faith, but most of them are Al-Fasiqun (disobedient to Allah – and rebellious against Allah’s Command).

    Qur’an 98:6—Verily, those who disbelieve (in the religion of Islam, the Qur’an and Prophet Muhammad) from among the people of the Scripture (Jews and Christians) and Al-Mushrikun will abide in the Fire of Hell. They are the worst of creatures.

    Qur’an 3:32—Say: Obey Allah and the Apostle; but if they turn back, then surely Allah does not love the unbelievers.

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  5. that’s just Muslims brotherhood way to win the sympathize of the western and European world by trading with children. and all the Egyptian people are withe the revolution and against terrorism of the Muslims brotherhood .

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  6. that’s just Muslims brotherhood way to win the sympathize of the western and European world by trading with children. and all the Egyptian people are withe the revolution and against terrorism of the Muslims brotherhood .

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  7. Reblogged this on Ned Hamson Second Line View of the News and commented:
    Speechless at how extreme this appears to be

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