Heavy fighting between the Turkish army and the PKK, designated as a terrorist organisation by both the US and EU, in Nusaybin, a pre-dominantly Kurdish town in southeast of Turkey, is continuing. Yesterday 25 PKK militants surrendered to the Turkish army. Of course, this information cannot be found in international media since the international media prefers to present the PKK as a ”shining star of the Middle East.” But the reality is far different.

 

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Nusaybin, a pre-dominantly Kurdish town in southeast of Turkey.

 

As I previously wrote for Kebab and Camel, the PKK commits war crimes by recruiting children as soldiers. Some of the PKK militants that surrendered yesterday were also the PKK’s child soldiers. The photos clearly show that these children are not more than sixteen years old. The Turkish army released video of the 25 PKK militants surrendering in Nusaybin.

 

 

In October 2013, the PKK, represented by HPG (the PKK’s military wing) commander Ms. Delal Amed, signed the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict. This document, drawn up by the Geneva Call NGO, is dedicated to promoting respect by armed non-state actors for international humanitarian norms in armed conflict. Despite this commitment, the PKK continued to recruit minors.

 

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The PKK commander Ms. Delal Amed, signed the Deed of Commitment protecting children in armed conflict.

 

The PKK is not alone in kidnapping and recruiting children as soldiers. The PYD, the Syrian wing of the PKK also recruits minors.  Latife Kaya, codenamed ”Cahide,” kidnapped children for the PKK for more than ten years and is wanted by the Turkish police. Kaya started to kidnap children for the PYD in Qamishli and Afrin after her name was decoded. 

 

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Latife Kaya, codenamed ”Cahide,” kidnapped children for the PKK for more than ten years.

 

Kaya was responsible for convincing more than 500 minor girls to join the PKK as child soldiers or even kidnapped them for this aim. Latife Kaya and her collaborators first try to convince girls to join the PKK, and if the girl hesitate, the PKK abducts them and cuts their communications with their families. Sometimes families of these minor girls looking for their children are also threatened by the PKK. By losing communication with their families, making these girls adapt to the PKK becomes easier. 

 

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Some of the PKK militants that surrendered yesterday were also the PKK’s child soldiers.

 

In Rojava, which is controlled by the PYD, there have been some conflicts between the clans (the strong families of the region) and the PYD because the PYD kidnapping minor girls. Recently, Latife Kaya kidnapped a seventeen-year-old girl who belongs to the Miranda clan. After that, the Miranda clan demanded their girl back, but the PYD refused. In response, Latife Kaya was murdered by the Miranda clan in Derik, Qamishli.

Latife Kaya’s husband was a teacher in a primary school in Turkey and she kidnapped her husband’s students as well. 

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The PKK provides two options to Kurdish children: either go to the mountains and die or be killed in there, or surrender to the Turkish state and be imprisoned for many years. The US government sees the PYD as a ”reliable partner” in the region, EU countries such as Belgium allows pro-PKK public demonstrations, and Germany and France allow PKK affiliates to open offices in their capitals, yet both the PKK and the PYD commit war crimes by recruiting child soldiers. The international media sees no evil, hears no evil, speaks no evil when it comes to the PKK and the PYD’s child soldiers.

 

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Beybin Somuk
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