According to a report released Wednesday by the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child, Iraqi children have been systematically exploited by Islamic State Militants, including torture, rape, and even crucifixion.
The New York Post reported that the Islamist group decided to use mentally challenged kids as suicide bombers, as well as human shields, while also selling them as underage sex slaves on the black-market in the new Caliphate.
The report cites some shocking revelations, including, "several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive."
Committee expert Renate Winter told Reuters about the child abuse under ISIS in Iraq, "We are really deeply concerned at torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities. The scope of the problem is huge."
While some of the children were used as human shields, so that ISIS could claim sympathy after US-air strikes, similar to the way in which Hamas uses children in its battles against Israel, many Iraqi children are thought to have died of, "dehydration, starvation and heat."
The report added that children from ethnic groups such as the Yazidis and Christians suffered, "systematic sexual violence," including, "the abduction and sexual enslavement of children," the report said.
As Winter told reporters,
"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."The Daily Mail revealed that the report, which was compiled by 18 independent experts who reviewed child abuse incidents in Iraq, called on Iraq to, "take all necessary actions to ensure the safety and protection of children and their families."
While it is unthinkable for many in the West to fathom the barbaric depravity of the likes of ISIS, even when it comes to innocent children, that kind of behavior is rife and common in the Middle East, as it has been, sadly, for hundreds of years.