IS forces young boys to practise beheadings.
IS forces young boys to practise beheadings
A Yazidi boy who escaped an IS training camp he was forced to join describes being made to practice beheadings on dolls and to physically fight his own brother.
When the Islamic State extremists overran Yazidi towns in northern Iraq last year, they butchered older men and enslaved thousands of women and girls.
Dozens of young Yazidi boys like Yahya had a different fate: IS sought to re-educate them.
They forced boys as young as eight to convert to Islam from their ancient faith and become jihadi fighters. Now, the IS trains them to practise beheadings on dolls first.
Yahya (no real name given), 14, and his brother escaped the "Farouq Institute For Cubs" in Raqqa a few months ago where they had spent five months in training.
He said: "They brought dolls and they told us how to hold the sword and how to chop off the head."
"The first time I hit it I couldn't cut it, neither the second and third time. But then they taught me how to hold the sword and they told me how to hit and they told me that it was the head of the infidels."
It is part of a concerted effort by the extremists to build a new generation of militants, according to AP interviews with residents who fled or still live under IS in Syria and Iraq.
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