February 20, 2010

Kidnapping & Trading in Iraqi Children...

While quite a bit of a fuss was raised regarding the kidnapping, smuggling and trafficking of Haitian children and rightly so, the same can't be said about the fate of Iraqi children.

I have already written several posts about this new lucrative business in Iraq, that of the kidnapping, trafficking and trading of children, and I am always aghast to see that no media or organization for the protection of children, like the famous UNICEF or Save the Child or OXFAM or anyone else, has given enough attention and dedicated effort to denounce and stop this tragedy...

Of course, before our "liberation" such criminality involving the selling, buying, trading, kidnapping, killing of children was unheard of...am I to deduce that Freedom and Democracy are baby killers ? Am afraid so.

Hussein Anwar kindly forwarded this article a couple of months ago and I have been so busy with other things and only found the time today to translate it for you.

The article is dated 31.12.2009 and appeared on Al-Jazeera net. The title - Female gangs kidnap children.

I can't translate the whole article word for word but I will give you the most essential points:

Al Jazeera learned through a correspondent in Baghdad, who wishes to keep his anonymity, that the rate of child kidnapping is on the rise and is being blacked out by the local and international media.

This criminal activity is taking place throughout Iraq and according to some of the figures obtained from Lieutenant Dia Sahee of the Ministry of Interior responsible for investigating such crimes : from January 1, 2009 until October 1, 2009, there has been 177 REPORTED cases of child kidnapping in different provinces excluding 72 reported cases in Baghdad alone.

These criminal rings employ women because women have easier access to children, either through their working in or visiting maternities where infants are kidnapped, or through schools or domestic work, and sometimes it is through asking the child for some help or enticing him/her and then abducting them in cars, hiding them under the abaya until the kidnappers reach another province or their base. It seems that these highly organized rings have bases too.

A recent case was the arrest of 4 women from Samawa, Southern Iraq, who gave some information on the methods used.

Most of these children are kidnapped for a ransom, and when families do pay, they are explicitly told that if they report the case, their child will be either kidnapped again or killed. That explains why there are no official statistics - mainly because of fear of reprisal.

Other infants/children are never found. They are either sold to rich women who cannot have children but most others are traded in criminal organizations that traffic them and smuggle them outside the country for adoption or anything else...(like organ or sex trade maybe?!)

The article quoting an Iraqi editor of a newspaper then goes on to say that it is imperative that the government pays serious attention to this and takes stringent action/measures to combat this new crime that is plaguing Iraq. The article also says that both the local and international media must cover this.

Our little ones have become commodities.

Not only that 50% of Iraqi children today are illiterate, when we had erased illiteracy before 2003, not only they have no access to proper schooling, not only are they destitute, working to feed their families when they are supposed to be playing, not only are they found scavenging in dumps, not only are they suffering the terrible carcinogenic effects of radiation, nerve agents, DU thanks to the civilized West with NO access to health care, not only are they hungry without access to even proper drinking water - they drink water from the sewages...not only that over 500'000 are living in the streets and only God knows who is doing what to them with no protector, not only are they orphaned, like 4.5 million of them...not only...but they are also kidnapped, trafficked, traded in and killed....

How can you people sleep at night with a clear conscience when you know that this is the fruit of your doing ?

There are criminal rings in Baghdad that kidnap and traffic in children and you are nothing but their silent killers.