A former child soldier recounts how children were forcibly recruited by ISIS

A child in ISIS’s ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’ talks about the methods of indoctrination and training for children enrolled within the group.

They take them from mosques and leave,” said the young boy, who wished to conceal his identity. “They would break their sticks on their stomachs and tiles on their heads.”

He also mentions how ISIS militants would take children from families. If the families did not agree to this, militants would enter their house and kill the father, and take the child anyway.

The indoctrination of children has been a common feature to ISIS rule in Iraq, even for children as young as six years old, and many speak of brutalities witnessed at the hands of ISIS.