In a recent post for The New York Times, foreign correspondent Rukmini Callimachi spoke to 21 escaped victims from ISIS that are safely in a refugee camp now. Callimachi wrote about how women and children were being raped as a daily process and were part of an immense sex slave ring. At least 5270 Yazidis women and children were being held as captive pieces of meat. They were being tortured and victimized over and over again because it made the young men of ISIS much closer to GOD.
Rape is not only a crime against the women and children, but it is being used as a marketing tool to entice young men to join the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. They learn that women and boys are infidels. That it comes with the territory of joining and that if they join they would be allowed to marry and could pick their choice of the women and children being shoved in warehouses.
The other terrifying fact is that ISIS states that the Quran supports slavery and rape. That glory comes from attacking women that are not Muslims. That it is not a sin to abuse someone as young as 12, and that it is not a sin to have other family members watch as their loved ones are being tortured over and over. ISIS is known to cause terror for any age. If rape is not enough they have no problem having, children watch as others that are being beheaded as well.
According to an article in The New York Times, survivors said that men and women were being separated within the first hour of being caught by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria. Boys were to lift up their shirts to show if there was any armpit hair. If so then they were to leave the group and be with the older men to the side. Women, girls, and children were taken in other groups by trucks to another location. The older men and younger boys were then taken to fields and told to lie down for their very last time and were being lit with fire. ISIS has been raping and killing since August 2014, and they have been pouring into many villages to do and take whatever they want.
According to The Christian Post published in 2014, four Christian women were reportedly shot for having no veil. A Christian man who watched his wife and daughter raped by Isis because he could not pay a poll tax killed himself as a result of the trauma. According to Iraqi News, the head of Fallujah Council Sheikh Abdul Rahman Nimrawi stated that 170 virgin girls in Anbar province were raped by ISIS members over two months in 2014. Media relations director for the National Alliance of Ninevah Sadeq al-Shammari revealed that 50 Yazidi virgin girls from Mosul were being documented as having being raped by ISIS group members too. Al-Sharmmari also stated that ISIS sent the young girls to a local hospital “for the purpose of treating them and returning them to their families”. That the leaders of ISIS threatened the doctors at the hospital not to leak such information to the media.
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