Children of the Enemy. Photo: Cinemic Film
Children of the Enemy. Photo: Cinemic Film

Children whose parents belong to warring sides in a conflict situation are often hidden, stigmatized and forgotten populations.

How to understand, respond, and address the needs and rights of these children raises the fundamental question of how we understand children of the enemy. In which ways are they protected from harm and potential stigmatization due to their parentage?

In this film we see how a group of children born by parents who volunteered to join ISIS are brought home, and the complications this process entails for everyone involved.

The film screening will be followed by a conversation.


  • Julianne Ferskaug, Vice Mayor of Social Services, City of Oslo (Byråd for sosiale tjenester)
  • Beatrice Eriksson, Co-founder and Social Worker, Repatriate the Children - Sweden
  • Gunvor Knag Fylkesnes, Director of Advocacy and Communications, Save the Children Norway
  • Inger Skjelsbæk, Professor and Director, Centre for Gender Research, University in Oslo and Research Professor, PRIO, will moderate this event
  • Henrik Urdal, Director, PRIO

This event is a collaboration between PRIO and the University of Oslo, and a part of Oslo Peace Days 2023.