A boy, believed to be around 4 years old, can be seen shooting one prisoner in the head.
Children need the guidance and protection of their parents or guardians in order for them to be successful once they enter adulthood. Aside from being educated in school, they should have time to play and enjoy life while they are still young. Those are their rights.
But in the footage taken in Syria, the freedom of these children is taken away from them by ISIS militants. Instead of learning about science, math, or history, these children are taught how to use guns—and how to behead prisoners.
At a very early age, they are taught about Jihad. They are told who to ‘kill’ in the future, and how they should sacrifice their lives to defend their ‘faith’.
Called the ‘Cubs of the Caliphate’, these children are taught to kill prisoners without hesitation. The children, believed to be between four and ten years old, are dressed in camouflage and carry weapons such as large knives for beheading.
One extremely young boy is filmed shakily clutching a gun and shooting a man in the head, as another brandishes a large knife before savagely cutting a man’s throat.
The video was released by ISIS on Twitter with an Arabic title which roughly translates to “He made me alive with his blood”.
It is sad to see children being recruited by ISIS militants at an age wherein they are supposed to play and learn at a real school—not holding guns and grenades, learning how to kill innocent people.