Parents of the two minors kidnapped by YPJ: You do not respect the laws you acknowledge and violate them at the same time

Oct 20 2023

ARK News… Women's Protection Units (YPJ) militants kidnapped the two minor girls, Mirav Adnan Khasho, 15 years old and Simel Zidan Ismail, 14 years old, in the city of Qamishlo, October 17, 2023.

Noraddin Khasho, Mirav’s uncle and Simel’s uncle, said in a special video statement to ARK, “Mirav and Simel were kidnapped while leaving their grandmother’s house. It later became clear that the Women’s Protection Units were the kidnappers, after we received a call from them.”

He confirmed, "We checked with all the relevant institutions, but we did not receive any information about their fate. Yesterday, after persistent attempts, her parents were able to meet with them, but unfortunately their actions indicate that they were forced to take narcotic medications."

He continued by saying, "They brainwashed them, disowned their parents, did not recognize them, and behaved with their parents in an inappropriate manner, contrary to what was mentioned above."

He added, "The Women's Protection Units are part of the Syrian Democratic Forces, and legally it is not permissible to recruit children and minors. Any law allows this blatant violation. We did not defame any entity or party. We hoped well to return them, but it seems that they do not respect the laws. They neither acknowledge nor "They implement and violate it at the same time."

Noraddin Khasho appealed to humanitarian organizations to work to return them to the arms of their families.

The Women's Protection Units (YPJ) is part of the Syrian Democratic Forces (SDF), which signed an action plan with the United Nations to end and prevent the recruitment of children under the age of 18.

The plan was signed by the Commander-in-Chief of the SDF, Mazloum Kobani, with the United Nations representative for children and armed conflict, Virginia Gamba 2019, but the involvement of minors in battles and their recruitment is still continuing, amid neglect of the appeals of the children’s families and the calls of Kurdish activists, politicians, and parties for the need to put an end to this dangerous phenomenon.