#AceNewsServices – LEBANON – Nov.26 – According to multiple reports, the Islamic State (ISIS) has hit a new low. While ISIS is not the first terrorist group to recruit and deploy child soldiers, one official told the Associated Press that the Islamic State’s veracity and boldness sets them apart.
‘ ISLAMIC STATE RECRUITING HEARTS & MINDS OF CHILDREN TO BECOME SOLDIERS ‘
“ISIS seems to be quite transparent and vocal about their intention and their practice of recruiting children,” UNICEF’s regional child protection adviser for the Middle East and North Africa, Laurent Chapuis, told the AP.
In a report earlier this month, an Islamic State fighter in Syria confirmed Chapuis’ observance to NBC News.
“We should start to train them from now because they will complete what we started: the expansion of the Islamic caliphate,” said Abu Dujana.
The Islamic State’s recruitment of child-soldiers comes as no surprise to Baptist Global Response (BGR), says Jeff Palmer. However, he hopes their ministry to Iraq and Syrian refugees can help prevent the exploitation.
“If we can keep them fed, if we can keep them in safe places, if we can start to find some jobs, and…we can provide some educational opportunities, we’re thinking that surely helps,” Palmer says.
“This is a strategy to ‘win over’ the hearts and mind’s of the children and indoctrinate them for future ‘muhajadeen,’” explains Palmer.
He says BGR employs a different strategy to “win over” the hearts of refugee families for Christ: compassion.
The ISIS crisis continually puts families in an extremely difficult position.