Saturday, November 29, 2014

ISIS Using Kids as Human Shields, Blood Donors; UN Says Syrian Children Doing Dangerous Roles

United Nations officials are saying that ISIS (Islamic State of Iraq and Syria) has created new and more barbaric ways to use children in the Syrian conflict, including using them as human shields and forcing them to donate blood to injured Muslim extremists, the Christian Post website reports today (November 29, 2014).

UN International Children's Fund regional child protection adviser, Laurent Chapuis, said that Islamic State militants are recruiting children -- including those of younger ages -- to join the caliphate by providing them with various paying roles within the caliphate.

Although some of the children are used in more civil roles -- like cooking, cleaning, bringing water and medical aid to wounded -- other children are thrust to the front lines and used in military roles like combatants or human shields.

"There is conclusive evidence that children in Syria have and continue to be used by all parties to the conflict -- as combatants, human shields, messengers, spies, guards, [and] porters," Chapuis said.

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