Kurdish Children Tortured, Forced to Watch Beheading Videos
Carrie DedrickReligious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
- 2014 Nov 04
A new report from Human Rights Watch (HRW) says that ISIS has detained Kurdish children to be tortured. Four teen boys reported that they had been suscepted to beatings and forced to watch videos of ISIS beheadings.
"Those who didn't conform to the program were beaten. They beat us with a green hose or a thick cable with wire running through it. They also beat the soles of our feet," one boy said.
"I was once put inside the tire and beaten. They sometimes found excuses to beat us for no reason...They made us learn verses of the Quran and beat those who didn't manage to learn them. When some boys tried to escape, the treatment got worse and we were all punished and given less food."
Christian Today reports that 250 children were captured by ISIS on May 29 while travelling home from school exams in Aleppo. The girls were returned within several hours, but the boys were detained by the terrorist group.
The last of the boys were released on Oct. 29, but children remain in danger of ISIS.
HRW children’s rights special advisor Fred Abrahams said, "Since the beginning of the Syrian uprising, children have suffered the horrors of detention and torture, first by the Assad government and now by ISIS.”
"This evidence of torture and abuse of children by ISIS underlines why no one should support their criminal enterprise."
Publication date: November 4, 2014