ISIS terrorists brainwashed thousands of children for the past two years in the militant-held city of Mosul, their stronghold in Iraq, according to a report by Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights.
The terrorists are said to have been modifying school curricula for two years to “brainwash student children, force hatred onto them and oblige them to join ISIS ranks,” according to the Commission’s media director, Jawad al-Shamri, Iraqi News reported.
He also said that ISIS (IS, Daesh) had managed to meddle with the education of as many as 400,000 children in this manner.
“ISIS syllabuses taught children how to make explosive belts, take female hostages and prepare booby-traps,” al-Shamri noted.
Warning that such practices would “become entrenched in children’s minds” if they are not taken care of immediately, al-Shamri said he had approached the UN with a call to provide rehabilitation for the youngsters.
Just last week, the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) published a report stating that amid the ongoing offensive on Mosul by the Iraqi Army, ISIS has been stockpiling mustard gas, executing and kidnapping civilians, and increasingly recruiting more and more child soldiers as its ranks are depleted by the coalition’s onslaught, RT reported.
“Heartbreaking images of children being forced to carry out executions.
The forced displacement of tens of thousands of civilians and their exploitation as human shields, and then the risk of reprisals against these long-suffering women, men and children for their perceived support of ISIS the extent of civilian suffering in Mosul and other ISIS-held areas in Iraq is numbing and intolerable,” High Commissioner Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein said regarding the findings.
The purpose for the use of child soldiers by ISIS is quite clear: to prepare them for suicide missions when the city is breached by the Iraqi Army. The group has already deployed some of them against the advancing forces.
“ISIS deployed what it calls the ‘Sons of the Caliphate’ in the alleys of the old town of Mosul, wearing explosive belts.