Amnesty International (AI) warned this Thursday that 1,992 Yazidi children who have returned to their families after the Islamic State jihadist group has been captured are suffering from a physical and mental health crisis.
In a report entitled “Legacy of Terror: The Difficult Situation of Yazidi Children Who Survive the Islamic State”, the agency focuses on the consequences children suffer when they are kidnapped, tortured, forced to fight, raped and suffered by others “Terrible” violations of human rights by the Islamic state.
“Although the nightmare of their past is behind them, these children continue to fight. Having endured the horrors of war at an extremely young age, they now urgently need support from the Iraqi national authorities and the international community to build their future,” said Matt Wells, deputy director of crisis response on AI thematic issues.
Between 2014 and 2017, the Islamic State committed war crimes, crimes against humanity, and what the UN calls genocide against the Iraqi Jewish community.