There are 400 abducted Yazidi children being trained as suicide bombers by ISIS.
Kurdish authorities informed CNN that up to 600 children were abducted from Iraq’s Sinjar province and the Yazidi villages surrounding the area. Among them 200 had managed to escape and were being sheltered in refugee camps across the Kurdish region.
In an earlier report by CNN, it said that Nasir a 12-year-old boy who escaped from the grasp of the ISIS. The boy was then reunited with his mother at the Esyan refugee camp in Kurdistan. He told them that their abductors were training him and the other children to become suicide bombers. Nasir shared his harrowing experiences and stated, “the scariest times for us all were when the air-strikes happened. They’d lead all of us underground into the tunnels to hide. They told us the Americans, the unbelievers, were trying to kill us but they, the fighters, they loved us”.
He also disclosed that their captors told that their parents were also non-believers. Part of their instructions is to kill their own parents after the completion of the training. Nasir reported that the youngest child in the camp was only 5 year old.
In August 2014, during the Sinjar Massacre, around 5000 men were murdered and thousands of women were captured and forced into sex slavery.
As reported by the Independent, over the period of two months 29 suicide attacks had been carried out by child suicide bombers.
Yazidis’ are referred as historically misunderstood sect in a report by the guardian. They are ethnically Kurdish and worship the fallen angel Melek Tawwus or Peacock Angel. Previously, Al-Qaida in Iraq denounced them as infidels and killed many Yazidis.
ISIS considers Yazidis’ as evil worshipers and have made efforts to exterminate the entire sect. It also considers killing and forced conversion of Yazidis’ as its religious duty. It has been estimated that there are around 50,000 Yazidi’s in refugee camps across the Middle East and Europe.