Christian Today reports that a UN watchdog made the announcement. UN Committee expert Renate Winter said most of the children are from Christian communities, though others are Shi’ites and Sunnis.
“We are really deeply concerned at the torture and murder of those children, especially those belonging to minorities, but not only from minorities. The scope of the problem is huge,” Winter said.
At the same time the UN Committee on the Rights of the Child has reported that children are also being used a suicide bombers, bomb makers, and human shields for the terrorists.
“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,” Winter said.
“There is a duty of a state to protect all its children. The point is just how are they going to do that in such a situation?”