We are dealing with a new generation bred by ISIS – they have a radical anti-Christian viewpoint and so it would be really hard to go back.
More than 100,000 Christians were forced to flee Mosul in Iraq when ISIS invaded in 2014.
And as the Battle for Mosul reaches its final stages some Christians have attempted to return to the city.
But a vicar, whose church 50 mailes away in Erbil cares for hundreds of Christian families who left their homes, has warned a huge danger remains.
Father Daniel said the terror cult’s destructive ideology has already spread to the next generation, sparking fears ISIS will continue their chilling campaign to boot Christians out of the Middle East.
He said: “We can go back but it is a question of safety. We are dealing with a new generation bred by ISIS – they have a radical anti-Christian viewpoint and so it would be really hard to go back.
“It would be very hard for children here and children in Mosul to get together. Can they even get along together as two groups? Could they adapt to each other? We really need to work with the children in Mosul to change what ISIS has implanted there.”
ISIS has long used children in Iraq and Syria as it aims to eradicate Christians from the region.
Children, dubbed the Caliphate Cubs, armed with knives and guns have appeared in propaganda videos featuring executions.
There have also been reports of youngsters being trained as suicide bombers.
Father Daniel, who left his Iraqi village when ISIS invaded, works with Christian children devastated by the trauma of ISIS, who tortured and killed their loved ones.
He warns education could be their only weapon against the jihadis and their young supporters with children once terrorised by the group now starting to work against ISIS.
Father Daniel said: “I told them get your education and use that as a weapon against ISIS. School is seven years to 18 years. The older ones are starting to work as volunteers helping the ones who are coming in now to Erbil from the latest troubles in Mosul.