The al Qaeda-affiliated Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) has ordered all girls and women between the ages of 11 and 46 in and around Iraq’s northern city of Mosul to undergo female genital mutilation, the United Nations said on Thursday.
Al-Arabiya (h/t Maria J) “It is a fatwa (or religious edict) of ISIS, we learnt this this morning,” said Jacqueline Badcock, the number two U.N. official in Iraq. The “fatwa” would potentially affect 4 million women and girls, Badcock told reporters in Geneva by videolink from Arbil.
“This is something very new for Iraq, particularly in this area, and is of grave concern and does need to be addressed,” she said, according to Reuters. “This is not the will of Iraqi people, or the women of Iraq in these vulnerable areas covered by the terrorists,” she added.
No one was immediately available for comment from Islamic State which has led an offensive through northern and western Iraq.
FGM, the partial or total removal of external female genitalia, is a tradition practiced widely in many Muslim countries and often justified as a means of suppressing a woman’s sexual desire to prevent “immoral” behavior.
Worldwide, more than 130 million girls and women have undergone FGM and more than 700 million women alive today were children when they were married. The practice of FGM previously occurred only in isolated pockets of Iraq, mainly Kurdistan, according to Badcock.
Mosul city currently has some two million people, more than half of whom are women as there are many female-headed households in the area, she said. Several more million people live in surrounding areas, she added.
“There are reports of rapes of women, of forced marriages,” Badcock added.
An estimated 130 million young girls have undergone sexual mutilation, mostly in Muslim countries, but now, apparently in Great Britain, Europe, and the USA, too.
A five-year-old child in the Afghan city of Herat died this week after being the victim of a gang rape, from which he sustained fatal injuries. The incident has triggered another wave of outrage in the nation, which has struggled for centuries against Islamic cultural norms promoting rape.
This is a young Afghan boy but not the one in this story
Breitbart (h/t Rob E) According to the Afghanistan Times, the boy, who was not named by police, was raped by two other boys in succession. The two boys, neighbors of the victim, raped the five-year-old repeatedly until they became aware that the boy’s life was in danger. According to Herat Police spokesman Abdul Rauf Ahmadi, “When the accusers came to know that [the] life of the child was in danger after [the] sexual assault then the two assaulters tried to shift the victim to [the] hospital. However, he lost his life on the way as result of serious injuries.”
The boys have been arrested following the incident, though given the nature of rape law in Afghanistan, convicting rapists is a difficult matter. The Afghanistan Times notes, for example, that doctors are already claiming the rape was not the cause of death. One doctor, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the boy appeared to have been choked in addition to being raped: “Therefore, we are sure that the boy did not die because of injuries but of choking.”
In addition to the legal situation surrounding child rape, much of Afghan culture is plagued by the persistence of the rape of children. One institution that persists in this realm is the practice of bacha bazi (see links below), in which older men take on pre-pubescent male lovers. The U.S. State Department called this practice a “widespread, culturally sanctioned form of male rape.”
BACHA BAZI – This is the ancient Islamic cultural practice of older men being with prepubescent boys.
Filmed in Syria by an ISIS jihadist from Belgium.
ISIS terrorists: What do you want to be in the future?
Girl: A surgeon.
ISIS terrorists: For who?
Girl: For the Islamic State.
ISIS terrorists: For the Islamic state in Iraq and Syria?
ISIS terrorist: Who is the prince of the state?
Girl: Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
ISIS terrorist: Prince Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, yes… In witch state you are in?
Girl: Ar-Raqqah (city in Syria).
ISIS terrorist: Salam, salam, if the members of ISIS left Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, would you leave him?
Presidential frontrunner Abdul el-Sisi has expressed his intent to bring Egypt out of the dark ages of Islam and its misogynistic and barbaric practices such as FGM.
FGM has been outlawed since 2008 but is still widely practised in Egypt, which has one of the highest prevalence rates in the world. Over 90% of women under 50 have experienced it, according to government figures. The removal of all or part of the external genitalia is done in the name of promoting chastity. Some parents see it as a religious duty in spite of a ruling against it. Now-ousted president Mohamed Morsi of the Muslim Brotherhood, tried, while he was in office, to have FGM mandated for every girl and enforced by the government.
The video is of Sheikh Mohamad Kassem Al Nasouh, a leader of the Ahbab Al Sahaba Islamist brigade terrorists fighting to overthrow Bashar Assad and install a radical Islamic Sunni Caliphate.
Translation courtesy of Mrs Pharaoh: ” The guy has been caught in the act. The men are interrogating him repeatedly asking him what did you do to this girl, rape her? Then they hit him trying to get him to confess to what they saw. They ask her her name which she tells then, then they keep asking her what he has done to her. She refuses to implicate her grandfather and actually denies that it happened.” (Hmm, how does she explain him zipping up his pants when he gets up from her?)
The Muslim Issue
Looks like ‘Democracy breaking out all over the Middle East’ is a long forgotten dream. The once relatively secular Muslim nation of Iraq is falling to sharia law, deadly for women and young girls, not too healthy for men and young boys.
Can al Qaeda be far behind? Oh, thats right, they’ve already reconquered Fallujah.
The likelihood is that most of the girls are Christians. Nigeria’s Christian population comprises about half the population, the rest are Muslims.
Most of the 234 Borno schoolgirls in Boko Haram captivity have been ferried abroad to Chad and Cameroon after they were married off to sect members on $12 price each, an elder told Daily Trust yesterday. The female students were taken from their hostels at the Government Girls Secondary School Chibok on the night of April 14. About 40 had escaped in the days after the incident, but parents and school authorities said at least 234 of them were yet to be found.