“Between the soccer practices and the hours at her accounting job and the potlucks with the neighbors, Christianne Boudreau spent every spare minute watching Islamic State videos, her nose pressed up against the computer screen… Through the screens and behind the balaclavas, she was looking for her son’s eyes.”
Clarion Project If only Christianne had been aware of the signs, processes and ideology of Islamic indoctrination before her son Damien disappeared and was killed fighting for ISIS. If only more parents were knowledgeable about predatory recruiters promoting jihadi values to curious and naïve teens.
Jihad Generation is a documentary film that will explore and expose the complex topic of the exploitation of children by extremists. Kids will give voice to voiceless children abroad and in the United States, and start an urgently needed conversation about the growing problem of child indoctrination and incitement.
Childhood is supposed to be a sacred time of innocence. today, radical regimes and organizations are systematically indoctrinating the next generation of kids to embrace violence and hatred. At best, these children internalize toxic values and become full of hate. At worst, they become terrorists themselves. Turning kids into terrorists is a horrifying violation of their human rights as defined by the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
Terrorist organizations such as ISIS, Boko Haram, the Taliban, al-Qaeda, Hamas, and Hezbollah are creating poisonous childhood environments that celebrate and encourage violence. Their tactics range from threats, force, and intimidation to more subtle brainwashing through the media and school systems. These methods of indoctrination are severe forms of emotional and physical child abuse. Regardless of the methodology used, the end result is the same: they are raising a generation of kids who believe that the West is their enemy and must be destroyed.
This radicalization is also happening at home, in the United States. Extremists are using new methods, such as social media, to reach a broader audience and lure Western teenagers into joining terrorist organizations. According to the FBI, there are currently ISIS-related investigations in all 50 states, and more than 30% of the Americans charged with ISIS-related activities are under the age of 20.