Hear from Two Kids, 10 & 8, Who Escaped the Clutches of ISIS
Mon, March 7, 2016
Illustrative picture (Photo: Islamic State propaganda)
Two young ISIS child recruits, aged 10 and eight, told a French newspaper about Islamic-State efforts to indoctrinate a child army for its caliphate. Both boys escaped the clutches of ISIS and ended up in Turkey.
"We have to remove from the neck by force, and then put the head on the back," Saleem, 10, explained, describing an execution to LeJDD. "It has to be done like this."
The newspaper reported that Salem and his younger brother Hamit, eight, have been living in Turkey for around four months but that they are psychologically scarred by the things they witnessed and did. The paper reported Salem did not really comprehend what he had been made to do.
Salem told the reporter about the daily schedule in the ISIS camp they shared with 150 other minors aged 7-15.
Children were cut off from society for 10 weeks. The day began at 8am and after breakfast they underwent hard physical training with lots of running. Afterwards, they were trained how to use weapons and how to aim properly.
After lunch was the most important lesson: the explosive belt and how to execute people using knives. The aim was to desensitize them to violence and fill them with religious hatred.
More information about the Islamic State’s brutal recruitment and indoctrination of child soldiers has been catalogued by researchers from the Quilliam Foundation in a new report called Children of the Islamic State.
Produced in cooperation with the Romeo Dallaire Child Soldiers Initiative, the report shows how ISIS “focuses a large number of its efforts on indoctrinating children through an extremism-based education curriculum, and fostering them to become future terrorists. The current generation of fighters sees these children as better and more lethal fighters than themselves, because rather than being converted into radical ideologies they have been indoctrinated into these extreme values from birth, or a very young age.”
It will be officially published in the UK parliament on March 9.
The UK's Channel Four investigates Islamic State child indoctrination: