The tragic fate of the children in the hands of IS

10/02/2015
The number of kidnapped Iraqi children will be sold as sex slaves or forced to become suicide bombers by Islamic State (IS). If they do not obey, they will be nailed to the body or buried alive.
According to the Daily Mail, the shocking information above is cited from the report of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) which was announced on February 5th. According to the UNCRC, the Iraqi teenagers under 18 are subjected to harsh training by IS militants and used for the purpose of suicide bombers, manufacturing bomb, providing information or becoming “human shield” for them in air strikes by the US and coalition forces. “We are really concerned about the kidnapping, torture and murder of children, especially for the children of the minority”, Reuters quoted Renate Winter’s speech - an experts from the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Ms. Winter disclosed that many Islamic children are victims of this brutal organization.
When it need strengthen jihadi soldiers, IS kidnapped a lot of boys to “brainwash” and train to become reserve soldiers. Particularly, many 8-year-old children or younger are trained  as a true warrior to fight at the battlefield. In the last May, more than 100 students in the Kobani town near Syrian border were kidnapped on way back home. After about 5 months, some boys were released. Mr. Hamid - a citizen in the town of Kobani, whose son was one of the released students, said that he did not recognize his son and “he was like a mentally child”. According to his talk, the child must sit for hours to listening to lectures on Islamic extremists. Moreover, just a few days, IS forced kids watch the more and more barbaric videos about beheading scene, activities of suicide and murder.
One boy escaped after pretending to become volunteer of suicide bombers told that the training of teenage soldiers by IS is very brutal. It is because of a small mistake such as forget Koran or drink water when not allowed, children will be beaten with every kinds of cables on their back and foot. A group of children after trying to escape was brutally tortured for hours.
Not only that, the IS has captured children with disabilities to become suicide bombers. “We recorded many reports on children, especially disable children with no cognitive ability to be used as IS’ suicide bombers”, Ms. Winter said. She supply more information: “IS sells girls on the slave market as a commodity with the price tag on their body” Meanwhile, the others who do not follow orders or useless, they will be ruthlessly murdered in ways that are barbaric for example beheading, buried alive or nailed. The report also showed that a lot of children were killed or injured in air strikes and shelling by security forces in Iraq. Many other children are dying of hunger and thirst and heat.
This is not the first time the crimes, especially to children by the IS extremist organizations have been mentioned. Experts said that children are becoming objects of IS easy profit (they are sold as sex slaves) and easy to “brainwash”. To this time, “the reign of IS terror” as called by the UN killed 9,000 people and forced hundreds of thousands of others fell into refugees. Along with the expansion of IS, there are more and more graves which contain hundreds of executed bodies, including many children's body. In last Octorber, the UN published a report on the possibility of radical Islamic forces in Iraq has made war crimes and against humanity. The UN report was based on 500 interviews with witnesses, outlined a series of war crime and against humanity by the Islamist extremists in Iraq after they had carried out the mass murder, abuse of women and girls as sex slaves and had forced many children to participate in war.
Back to report on February 5th of UNCRC, this UN committee urged Iraqi authorities to implement all necessary measures to “save the children” who are living under the control of the IS organization and prosecute perpetrators of above horrific crimes. However, experts say that it is not easy for Iraq, the country has experienced more than a decade of war, with a not strong enough military force to overpower terrorist group which is considered as the world's most brutal. The government of Iraq itself many times have called for the support of weapons, training soldiers to fight with IS. Meanwhile, the air campaigns by US and coalition against IS are not really effective, even cause death to children when they are given as human shields by IS.

However, the UN has said that Iraq must resolutely implement much more radical measures to “protect the lives and safety for children and families in Iraq”. “The mission of a nation is to protect all children of that country”, Ms. Winter said. 
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Quân Hoàng 11/2/15 14:11

Children are already the innocent victims bearing the brunt of this war. Traumatised by the brutality of fighting even before the latest bombing, children are also at risk of being injured or killed as these air strikes are scaled up. It is the responsibility of all parties involved to make sure children and other civilians are kept safe.

Huy Quốc 11/2/15 14:12

The children's aid agency is particularly concerned about the on-going use of explosive weapons in populated areas

Hoàng Lân 11/2/15 14:12

Air strikes, artillery fire, mortars and shelling are being used in towns and villages and risk killing innocent children.

Vân Nhàn 11/2/15 14:13

The impacts of these explosive weapons are indiscriminate: they kill and maim children and destroy hospitals and schools.

Hùng Quân 11/2/15 14:14

The lethal nature of these deadly weapons prohibits our teams from delivering life-saving aid to children and families that need it

Lê Tín 11/2/15 14:15

Save the Children has been working in Iraq for 23 years and was already supporting thousands of Syrian refugees in the country before the latest fighting erupted.

Quốc Cường 11/2/15 14:15

The aid agency has launched a large-scale emergency response to support hundreds of thousands of the 1.8 million people who have been forced to flee their homes because of the conflict.

Huy Lâm 11/2/15 14:16

More than 200,000 people have fled in recent months, many forced to live in abandoned or unfinished buildings, churches, mosques and schools.

Quốc Kiên 11/2/15 14:17

On the ground we're seeing a dire situation – every day more people are forced from their homes fleeing brutal violence and fearing for their lives.

Phạm Hiếu 11/2/15 14:17

Families are crammed into already-packed classrooms in schools being used as makeshift camps or living in unfinished buildings, completely unprotected from the elements.

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