Soumia Farhan al-Akkashi sits on a couch in her home in Baghdad watching video footage on her mobile phone of her daughter playing and singing the children's song, "The Net and the Sparrow".
"I lost my only daughter because of the terrorists' crimes," said Akkashi, 33, as she wiped her tears away.
Shrapnel struck the head of her 5-year-old daughter, Asawer, when a car bomb exploded in front of the Baraem kindergarten in Baghdad's Deragh neighbourhood in October 2010. The shrapnel killed Asawer along with several other citizens, including four children.
"I arrived at the kindergarten after the explosion and found my daughter dead," Akkashi said. "The terrorists did not even give her a chance to open her purse to eat the egg and tomato sandwich that I prepared for her, or drink the water from her bottle."
Hundreds of children like Asawer have died in similar explosions.
Dr. Khamees Saba al-Janabi, acting director of statistics at the Ministry of Health, said figures for July, August, and September alone reveal that 79 children died and 123 were injured in terrorist attacks carried out in several Iraqi cities. The ages of the children ranged between two and 14 years old.
"The worst strike was in August, when an explosive charge struck an elementary school in the Tarmiya district, north of Baghdad, killing eight children and wounding 22 others," al-Janabi told Mawtani
Intissar al-Juburi, chairperson of the Iraqi parliament's childhood committee, told Mawtani, "The continued random criminal explosions by the terrorist al-Qaeda organization and other terrorist groups carried out in Iraqi cities, without any concern for the lives of children who died in these explosions, is evidence that the terrorists are not affiliated with any faith, sect, or ideology, or even a real family."
Al-Juburi said explosions that kill innocent people are criminal acts rejected by society, "but explosions that kill children are the ugliest".
"The terrorists should think and pause before killing children because they would see the tears and the grief of the children's mothers and fathers. If they put themselves in their place, would they accept that the parents of the victims would take revenge by killing their children?" she said.
Hussein Mawhoob al-Ani, chairman of the psychological review section at Rashad Hospital in Baghdad, said studies indicate that individuals who carry out terrorist attacks and explosions targeting civilians do not usually have a long history with their families.
Ani told Mawtani that Rashad Hospital treated five convicted terrorists a few months ago who were suffering from psychological disorders. They were receiving treatment under a strict security regimen.
"They suffer from psychological disorders because they are directly responsible for the death of their own sons through terrorist attacks or when explosives that they had stored inside their homes detonated and killed members of their families," he said.
"The misguided terrorists should think before committing themselves to such acts because their fate would be the same as that of the previous ones. They would be rejected by society, and their hands would be stained with the blood of those closest to them."
Iraqi Ministry of Interior adviser Maj. Gen. Tariq al-Asaal said more than 30 terrorists surrendered to Iraqi forces in the past few years after members of their families were killed in explosions they had carried out themselves.
"The terrorists confessed that they killed one of their own sons or [the son of] an acquaintance, and we know they were disowned by their families," Asaal told Mawtani.
"The terrorists should avoid targeting children in their despicable crimes because the children are not guilty of anything."