In 2016, I published a report on the children of the Islamic State, trying to understand what their life was like within the terrorist organization.
This was not an easy thing to do. At the time, the group was still consistently releasing propaganda for its audience of followers. Over six months, our research team was able to collect 254 distinct events that featured images of children. These were recorded in their original Arabic form, and translated.
We found that children were used as soldiers, human shields, messengers, spies, and guards.
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