Even children not spared by IS; Crucified, buried alive or sold as sex slaves

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Baghdad, Feb 5: In yet another instance of heartlessness, the Islamic State is reported to have made children their victims too. They are abducting Iraqi children and selling them in the market as sex slaves. The rest are either being crucified or buried alive, said UN watchdog.

In fact, many Iraqi children under the age of 18 are being increasingly used as suicide bombers. informants, human shields and bomb makers. They are used to protect the IS facilities from US air strikes. United Nations committee expert Renate Winter says,"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."

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However, mostly the Yazidi sect and Christian communities, apart from Shi'ites and Sunnis have been made victims.

Winter says,"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 eight years of age and younger, to be trained already to become child soldiers."

Islamic State is a break-up of the Al-Qaeda terror group, which declared an Islamic caliphate in Syria and Iraq. It has not only killed thousands, but has also forced hunders of thousands of away from their homes. A UN report "condemned the systematic killing of children belonging to religious and ethnic minorities by the so-called ISIL, including several cases of mass executions of boys, as well as reports of beheadings, crucifixions of children and burying children alive".

While a large number of children have been killed or badly wounded during air strikes or shelling by Iraqi security forces, others died of "dehydration, starvation and heat. Many children have also been subjected to gruesome and systematic sexual violence. Children of minorites have been captured and sold in market places with tags on them.

Urging for rescue operations for the children, Winter said it is the duty of a state to protect children and to prosecute anyone who violates the protocol.

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