Published on 11 Aug 2014
At least 500 Christian women were reportedly abducted from Mosul and marked to be sold as sex slaves by ISIS militants who stretched their dominance over Christians in Iraq further last week when they overran Qaraqosh, the nation’s largest Christian city where believers had been flocking to after being chased out of Mosul.
“Elements of ISIS kidnapped women from the Yezidis and Christian as Sabaya (war booty slaves), and subjected them to be sold,” said a spokesman for the Red Crescent, Mohammad Khuzai, in a statement translated by Shoebat.com. Eyewitness accounts of the abductions said the most beautiful women were given to ISIS princes.
Qaraqosh is a historic Assyrian town of 50,000 people, about 20 miles southeast of Mosul, according to CNN. And now, like their brothers and sisters in Mosul, Christians there are running for their lives.
“France is highly concerned about the latest progress of ISIS in the North of Iraq and by the taking of Qaraqosh, the largest Christian city of Iraq, and the horrible acts of violence that are committed,” French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius said in a statement reported by CNN. Several nearby Christian towns were also attacked by ISIS militants.
From https://www.walkfree.org :
“She said she is going to be sold as a slave this afternoon, for $10. What can a father say to that? How can I help? We all feel so useless.”1
Can you imagine hearing news like this? This is the phone call that Khandhar Kaliph received from his daughter last week. He has been despairing over the safety of his child ever since — and shockingly, this is not an isolated case.
The latest reports are that as many as 3,000 women and children fleeing religious persecution in Iraq have been captured and may be at risk of modern slavery.2
If you have been watching the news unfolding in Iraq like us you’ve probably wondered: what can I do? One thing you can do right now is demand justice for Khandhar’s daughter, and others like her.
Call for immediate action by the International Criminal Court to uphold the rights of those at risk of modern slavery in Iraq.
Earlier this month, tens of thousands of people belonging to a religious minority group rejected by the Islamic State (formerly known as ISIS) fled their homes in terror as militants took over their town.3
Hundreds of these women have reportedly now been kidnapped and are being held inside a police station in northern Iraq.4 Without an immediate intervention, they and thousands more like them could be at risk of modern slavery.
Demand an urgent investigation and trial of those suspected of enslaving Iraqis.
The world’s attention has been focussed on Iraq for a while, but now the time has come for action. By bringing this case to the attention of the International Criminal Court, we can help secure justice for these women and their families. Once you’ve signed your name, will you forward this email to your friends, asking them to do the same?
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