Cam­paign to fo­cus on ISIS use of chil­dren

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A so­cial me­dia hash­tag is be­ing used to shed light on the use of chil­dren by the ter­ror group ISIS. The Sawab Cen­tre, the joint UAE-US ini­tia­tive to com­bat ex­trem­ist pro­pa­ganda on­line, said the three­day cam­paign will be con­ducted in both Ara­bic and English on Sawab’s Twit­ter, Face­book, and In­sta­gram plat­forms, us­ing the hash­tag, #DaeshSteal­sTheirChild­hood. UAE news agency WAM stated that as ISIS re­peated losses on the bat­tle­field and de­fec­tions by its de­mor­alised mem­bers, the group is begin­ning to rely in­creas­ingly on child sol­diers. Its on­line pro­pa­ganda has fea­tured chil­dren car­ry­ing out hor­rific acts at the group’s be­hest, such that the spec­tre of child ex­e­cu­tion­ers and sui­cide bombers has now be­come com­mon­place. WAM re­ported that the cen­tre’s cam­paign will “ex­pose this cal­lous vic­tim­i­sa­tion of in­no­cent chil­dren” and high­light that chil­dren have been re­duced to “un­think­ing, dis­pos­able in­stru­ments of war”. Since its launch in July 2015, the Sawab Cen­tre has sought to en­cour­age gov­ern­ments, com­mu­ni­ties and in­di­vid­ual voices to en­gage proac­tively to coun­ter­act on­line ex­trem­ism.

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