A Yazidi student is seen at the psychotherapy centre in the Rawanga camp, in Duhok, Iraq February 25, 2018. Picture taken February 25, 2018. REUTERS/Ari Jalal
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Hundreds of children are estimated to have been used as fighters by Daesh, including boys who joined with their families or were given up by them and the offspring of foreign fighters groomed from birth to perpetuate its ideology.Experts have warned that indoctrinated children, who began escaping the clutches of Daesh as its territory fractured last year, could pose an ongoing threat to security, both regionally and in the West, if they are not rehabilitated.Treating Yazidi children, who were separated from their families and in many cases orphaned, holds particular challenges.Naif Jardo Qassim, a psychotherapist treating children at Rawanga refugee camp near Dohuk emphasized that they are "victims and not criminals," and should be treated as such.Qassim's six-month-old center is currently treating 123 children, a mix of girls and boys all under the age of 18, recently returned from Daesh-held territory.Qassim says he exhibits confusion about whether he should denounce Daesh's teachings.Qassim is the only psychotherapist at his center and the work takes its toll.
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