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Iraqi Official Calls For Children to be Protected From Effects of War and Sectarianism | ASHARQ AL-AWSAT English Archive 2005 -2017
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An Iraqi official yesterday called for a review of the curriculum and children’s culture in order to protect Iraqi children from the dangers of the sectarian tide and the serious effects that generations of Iraqis have experienced as a result of continuous wars that have been taking place there since the eighties.

Dr Shafeeq Al-Mahdi, Director General of the Children’s Culture House in Iraq told the German Press Agency (DPA) that “Since the outbreak of wars in the eighties until the emergence of ISIS, the children of Iraq have witnessed a dangerous phase after the horrors have caught up with them. This has created frustrated generations that are mentally tired and incapable of dealing with the extent of the horrors that they have experienced because of the wars, sieges, destruction and sectarian ideas” that are promoted by various denominations which have produced fuel for these wars.

He added that the Iraqi government must re-build Iraq’s new generation in accordance with a civilized situation that should start with a review of the curriculum. He continued by saying that children should be kept away from an atmosphere of violence and ethnic and sectarian strife with the help of technical, academic and practical experiences and all forms of media by developing policies and plans with timelines that take into account the extent of the damage suffered by them.