When children are turned into weapons
With Mia Bloom, Thomas Hegghammer and Hanne Østli Jakobsen
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Terrorist groups' increasing use of children in terrorist acts is an alarming trend in the global threat picture. That's what Canadian terrorist Mia Bloom , a professor at Georgia State University, claims. In the current book Small Arms , she tries to explain how and why terrorist groups such as IS have begun recruiting children to their ranks.
This spring, the debate has taken place in Norway about what to do with the more than 40 Norwegian children and their parents connected to IS, which are currently located in camps in Syria and Iraq. In this ethically demanding debate, terrorist scientist Thomas Hegghammer at the Defense Research Institute has been one of the more sober and principled voices.
What can Mia Bloom's research contribute when we try to understand and solve the challenge that the so-called IS children represent? How can we prevent terrorist groups from continuing to recruit ever-younger children to their ranks? Mia Bloom and Thomas Hegghammer meet Morgenbladets Hanne Østli Jakobsen for conversation.
The conversation will be in English.