Horrors faced by Iraqi children revealed in new UN report

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Dahuk, Iraq © OCHA/Iason Athanasiadis

Published on Wednesday as part of its review of 12 countries, the report by the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) cites "systematic killings" by IS fighters.

The investigators also detail "homemade" problems such as discrimination against girls, rape and forced marriage, which they urge the authorities to remedy, as Daniel Johnson reports.

Mass killings, abductions and targeted violence by Islamic State militants against children are a "huge problem" in Iraq, a UN report revealed on Wednesday.

The document, one of 12 country reports produced by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, lists horrific crimes against minors.

Many abuses are relatively new and linked to IS fighters who have targeted religious and ethnic minorities in the country, the report says.

Here's Renate Winter, one of the report's authors:

"It is a huge, huge, huge problem because protection should be given to children, is not possible to be given to them, and this is in the whole area where the so-called ISIS is staying at the moment."

Addressing the Iraqi authorities, she said they should "please try to get assistance for the children… and do everything  you can to protect them".

She told reporters that in addition to the IS atrocities, Iraq still faced longstanding "homemade" problems.

These included rape and the temporary marriages that follow to absolve men of their crimes.

Daniel Johnson, United Nations.

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