ISIS selling Yazidi and Assyrian Christian women “as spoils of war”

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By Mark Ellis

Yazidis flee ISIS fighters
Yazidis flee ISIS fighters

U.S. airstrikes and Kurdish Peshmerga fighters helped rescue thousands of Yazidis stranded on a mountaintop in northern Iraq.

But hundreds of Yazidi girls and women were captured by ISIS during the prolonged ordeal, and are now being being sold to ISIS fighters in Syria, according the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, a UK-based monitoring group aligned with the opposition in Syria.

In the last several weeks, ISIS has sold about 300 Yazidi women and underage girls it abducted in Iraq, according to the group. Assyrian Christian women have also been sold to ISIS fighters.

These young women are considered “slaves of the spoils of war with the infidels,” the monitoring group reported.

The terrorists sold the women for about $1,000 each, after a forced conversion to Islam so they are “eligible” to marry ISIS fighters.

An Iraqi Christian refugee named Rwaa fled the Christian city of Qaraqosh, and reported to the BBC on August 8th that ISIS is raping and selling Christian women.

“We fled last night, actually at 3 a.m. in the morning. We were at home when someone came and told us to, ‘Leave! Leave!’ We left with our clothes only. We didn’t even take our passports. And (crying) we have no place to go because no one wants us here. They took everything from us… They took the women. They raped them. They are selling them. For God Sakes, they are selling them! What century are we?”

The Syrian monitoring group documented at least 27 cases of women who were sold and married to ISIS militants in the Aleppo suburbs, Raqqa suburbs and Al-Hassakah, according to CNN.

Both UN officials and Yazidis fleeing ISIS advances in Iraq have reported that ISIS fighters abducted women to be sold into forced marriages.

‘We have reports of women being executed and unverified reports that strongly suggest that hundreds of women and children have been kidnapped — many of the teenagers have been sexually assaulted, and women have been assigned or sold to ISIS fighters,” said Heiner Beilefeldt, a UN religious rights monitor.

Yazidis are a Kurdish-speaking minority who follow a religion closely linked to Zoroastrianism. They are considered “devil worshippers” by ISIS terrorists because of their unorthodox beliefs.

Assyrian Christians have ancient roots in the area surrounding Ninevah in northern Iraq, and trace their beginnings to Jonah’s preaching.

In August, ISIS captured Yazidi villages near Mount Sinjar, which led to significant world attention amid reports of their mass executions and the abduction of Yazidi women.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Absolutely horrendous and terrifying for these women and young girls.
    I will pray that their will be an International outcry, and that the Lord’s perfect justice comes to these evil militant extremists.

  2. My constant daily prayer is for God to protect the women and children. Even in the midst of the abuse, may God protect their faith and heal them from the trauma. God may be allowing the sins of ISIS to fully ripen before He pour forth His righteous judgement on them for eternity, and waiting for their repentance before the period of grace ends for them.

  3. I will have them on my prayer list. It’s so very sad @ just horrendous what is being done to these poor women @ teenage girls. I ask Christians @ everyone to pray for these women of all ages who are being abused @ treated like cattle who are used sexually, then sold. It makes me want to cry for them, but even more, I pray for these women & girls & ask everyone around the world to pray,too. God can turn any situation from bad to good. God Bless You, All. Luv Donna

  4. Unbelievable in this day and age that such atrocities exist. I will pray for the women and children in the terrible conditions. I wish I could do more than just vent on a blog.

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