Young children going to school within Iraq’s ISIS-controlled territories are being taught fighting and bomb-making techniques, according to a human rights group.
Giving children instructional lessons on how to create improvised explosive devices (IEDs) while also teaching from the Quran, ISIS has continuously aimed to brainwash children in hopes of spreading their jihadist ideology.
Fear of airstrikes on or around schools which ISIS uses as operating bases together with this new Islamic State curriculum, has resulted in both schools closing and parents keeping their children out of class, according to a Human Rights Watch report released Tuesday, which included statements from parents who have fled these areas in Iraq.
ISIS has also been challenged to find certified teachers, as most educated professionals have fled the region.
In rural areas, girls over the age of 12 have been barred from attending schools altogether, but in the northern Iraqi city of Atshana, those who wear a niqab can go to class.
“The UN Security Council has called on all parties to armed conflict to refrain from actions that impede children’s access to education,” the report said.
Other atrocities chronicled in the report include exploitation and repeated raping of girls used as sex slaves by ISIS and the persecution of Yazidi women who were “raped and traded between members” before fleeing.
“The longer they are held by ISIS, the more horrific life becomes for Yazidi women, bought and sold, brutally raped, their children torn from them,” Skye Wheeler, a women’s rights emergencies researcher at Human Rights Watch said.
The Islamic State has never hesitated to use or force children to adopt to their savage lifestyle, but parents who have given consent to ISIS to take their children have also contributed to the horrific abuse of children living in terrorist strongholds.
Fighting alongside adults, children under ISIS control attend child soldier training facilities and are used to help fill the ranks of the terror group’s order by carrying out executions and suicide bombing missions.