Islamic State terrorists are kidnapping Iraqi, selling, torturing, murdering and even crucifying Iraqi children according to a report by the U.N. Committee on the Rights of the Child.
Boys younger than 18 are being used as bomb makers, suicide bombers and human shields according to the report released Wednesday.
Committee member Renate Winter said the children come from the Yazidi sect, Christian communities, Shi’ites and Sunnis.
“We have had reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding. There was a video placed (online) that showed children at a very young age, approximately 8 years of age and younger, to be trained already to become child soldiers,” she told Reuters.
The U.N. watchdog said the children, particularly those who belong to religious minorities, have been systematically beheaded, crucified and buried alive. It added that there have been “several cases of mass executions of boys.”
“Children of minorities have been captured in many places… sold in the market place with tags, price tags on them, they have been sold as slaves,” Winter said.
The group called on the government of Iraq to do whatever they have to in order to “rescue” the children and bring the terrorists to justice.
“There is a duty of a state to protect all its children,” Winter said. “The point is, just how are they going to do that in such a situation?”
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