Rights commission: 400 thousand Mosul kids brainwashed by ISIS

ISIS recruits children. Archival photo.
ISIS recruits children. Archival photo.

( Baghdad – Nearly 400,000 children in the city of Mosul have been “brainwashed” by the Islamic State militants, the Iraqi High Commission for Human Rights said Tuesday, adding it had addressed the United Nations to save those children.

Jawad al-Shamri, the commission’s media director, said in a statement that ISIS began two years earlier to “modify school syllabuses to brainwash student children, force hatred onto them and oblige them to join it.” He added that nearly 400,000 children were “brainwashed” accordingly.

According to Shamri, ISIS syllabuses taught children how to make explosive belts, take female hostages and prepare booby-traps, warning that such practices would “become entrenched in children’s minds” if they are not tackled immediately.

Shamri added that the commission had approached the United Nations to find “effective solutions to rehabilitate those children.”
ISIS is known to have training camps for underage fighters since it captured large areas of Iraq in 2014.

Recent reports have also said ISIS was deploying minor fighters at the streets of Mosul during fights with security forces seeking to recapture the city.

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