A United Nations committee is calling for Iraqi authorities to take all necessary actions to "rescue children" under control of the Islamic State.
The Islamic State has been making headlines for its numerous atrocious acts, most recently, burning a captured Jordanian pilot alive.
Renate Winter, an expert on the U.N. Committee of the Rights of the Child said it’s only getting worse, as teenage Iraqi boys — some mentally challenged — are being used as suicide bombers, bomb makers, informants and human shields to protect Islamic State group facilities from U.S. air strikes.
The children are said to be from the Yazidi sect or Christian communities, but Shi’ite and Sunni Muslim boys have also been victims.
“We have reports of children, especially children who are mentally challenged, who have been used as suicide bombers, most probably without them even understanding,” Winter told Reuters on Feb. 4. “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.”
Winter described how he believes Islamic State militants sell kidnapped Iraqi children as sex slaves, and kill children by beheading them, burying them alive or crucifying them.
“Children of minorities have been captured in many places… sold in the marketplace with tags, price tags on them, they have been sold as slaves."
The U.N. body said it denounced “the systematic killing of children belonging to religious and ethnic minorities by the so-called ISIL (Islamic State), including several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive.”
The 18 experts who contributed to the report are now calling on Iraqi authorities to step up and rescue the children who have been taken by the Islamic State.
“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?”