1 Of the cults exposing children to oppressions and abusing is Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization, a globally blacklisted terrorist cult of personality

Children Victimized by the Cult of Mojahedin Mojahedin.ws Being generally turned into man’s modern nightmare, some cults are notoriously known to be holding and exploiting minors known as ‘cultic children’. These children are forced into the cult life while still underage because one or both parents have joined the cult or either born into it. In most countries there are severe laws against exploitation of children and we have sporadic reports of cults being raided and shut down for inappropriate conditions and abuse of children that might have possibly been kidnapped. Susceptible to many cult abuses, children are the most powerless victims of the harsh and arbitrary rule that characterizes life for many cult members. Cultic children are exposed to many eccentric conditions of cult life experienced by no other children: Children raised in cults undergo unique experiences that neither adult members nor children in society at large experience. Cultic children are often separated from their biological parents because most cults believe in independently indoctrinating these children to be future members, and because parents are needed to do missionary work that involves travel. Frequently there are no records of cultic children’s births or deaths. Cultic children are generally kept out of public schools or structured and traditional sectarian and non-sectarian schools. 1 Cultic children are not only robbed of their most important years of their lives, even if they are rescued, they will be in the most part unable to use their former abilities and talents that were hampered to flourish in so many ways. Furthermore, the evidence supports the idea that these children can hardly be cured of the psychological trauma; they remain well aware of what they have endured in the cults and remember at least its broad outlines. As approved by researches, the children who have witnessed a horrible event, especially a parent being murdered, often have a distorted recollection of the event but never repress the memory of the experience. Being gravely impressed by many perished children of a cult’s atrocities, Thaler Singer deems it a responsibility to act as the voice for their neglected innocence: One major reason is that I want to be a voice for those children lying beneath the grass who were never allowed to grow up. Who never went to real schools. Who never had the opportunity to choose what kind of work they would do. Jim Jones's mad ego ended their lives before they had a chance. 2 But it does not necessarily mean that cultic children are absolutely unaware of deplorable condition they are caught in. the problem is that they find no chance to have contact with the world outside or to exit the cult. Besides, exiting the cult is

emotionally painful for many because they have their parents entrapped there and they find life meaningless unless all live together outside the cult:


At one memorial, a girl who survived spoke of her friend who died. Her friend didn't know what the outside world was like, said the girl, but she'd sometimes talk about it, saying, "Just for a day I'd like to know how it is in the outside world." She wanted that chance but never got it. She had no way to get out. Nobody to turn to. 3 Really, they have nobody to turn to ask for help and emancipation. Inside the cult, their condition is even worse than that of most prisoners especially captured in wars and kept in camps far from their home-country. Unlike these prisoners, no international organization is informed of their critical conditions within the cults and, thus, they receive no humanitarian care: Children in some cults are more like prisoners in another country, although they lack even workers from Amnesty International or the International Red Cross to come to their aid. 4 Depending on the mission a cult, political or religious movement claim to be destined to accomplish, Cultic children often are subjected to a variety of injustice, oppression and abuses. Classifying injustice and oppression against cultic children, they are regularly subjected to a range of rights violation enumerated as: ← - Mothers undergoing forced abortion - Being made scapegoats to escape police raids - Being the most vulnerable victims of terrorist operations - Being separated from their parents for attaining organizational interests or parents’ further submission - Depriving them of their parents love and care - Exploiting then in hard physical labors - Forcing them to undergo ideological and military instructions - Encouraging them to live with a foster care family or some other group home rather than parents - Being addicted to drugs to subdue the willful ones - Subjecting them to harsh emotional and physical punishments The children are also abused in a variety of ways itemized as: Abusing them as camouflages for underground activities Abusing them to attract further political protection Abusing them in fundraising activities under the false cover of charity foundations or sending them into the streets to beg Sexual abuses of different forms like incest, rape or forced prostitution Abusing them in distributing organizational gazettes and leaflets Abusing them in asylum seeking activities

And much more psychological as well as physical abuses with a denial of all kinds of medical and emotional care to secure organizational and cultic interests. Of the cults exposing its cultic as well as non-cultic children to all or parts of the above

mentioned oppressions and abusing is Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization, a globally blacklisted terrorist cult of personality. A look at the group’s past notorious history reveals that hardly children have overcome and escaped bondages of victimization. A trough study proves that. References:


Robin A. Boyle, J.D.; “How Children In Cults May Use Emancipation Laws To Free Themselves”, Cultic Studies Journal,16(1), 1999, 1-32.

2- Thaler Singer, Margaret; Cults in Our Midst: The Continuing Fight Against Their Hidden Menace, p. 243. 3- Ibid, 244. 4- Ibid, 145.

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