The Islamic State has issued a fatwa asking its members to kill newborns and children suffering from Down’s Syndrome and other disabilities, according to Mosul Eye, an Iraqi activist group, The Hindustan Times reports.
The IS has already executed 38 babies and children who were suffering from various deformities, the activist group said on its social media platforms. The victims range from ages of one week to three months.
According to several news reports, the oral fatwa was issued by Abu Said Aljazrawi, one of Islamic States’ Sharia judges. “We stand by what we published on our page, every word of it,” a blogger at Mosul Eye told Hindustan Times.
“They were killed by either lethal injection or suffocation. Some of those killings took place in Syria and Mosul,” the Facebook post published by Mosul Eye claimed.
“…you don’t know how we live! It’s severe (sic) life. ISIL are savage gangs…inhuman and terrorists…they already killed their members whom can’t be treated medically,” Omar Aliraqi, a resident of Mosul, replied to the post on Facebook.
Some Facebook users likened the act to those by Nazis, who murdered disabled children as it was a “burden on the state”.
“I have just shed tears for these babies. I have two children with special needs, my heart is breaking. They are worse than the Nazis,” Jane Oakley, a British woman posted on Facebook.
According to WebMD, Down syndrome is a set of physical and mental traits caused by a gene problem that happens before birth. Children who have Down syndrome tend to have certain features, such as a flat face and a short neck. They also have some degree of intellectual disability. This varies from person to person. But in most cases it is mild to moderate.