If passed, the act would protect Muslim women from early and forced marriages, polygamy, female genital mutilation and all forms of honor killings.
Inside Toronto(h/t Maria J) Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander introduced legislation Wednesday afternoon to ban people in polygamous and early and forced marriages from immigrating to Canada. Alexander said the practices, including female genital mutilation and honor-based violence, are “incompatible with Canadian values.”
Alexander and Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Dr. Kellie Leitch announced the federal government bill at a news conference Wednesday morning at Rexdale Women’s Centre. Alexander would not provide details of the legislation, entitled the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices, until it was tabled Wednesday afternoon.
“We want to make certain Muslim immigrant women and girls are protected and not subjected to isolation, disenfranchisement and violence once they arrive in Canada,” Alexander told approximately 40 Rexdale Women Centre staff.
Rexdale Women’s Centre is an independent, not-for-profit agency that provided services last year to more than 10,000 clients in the areas of settlement, English language classes, violence prevention, children, family support and post-settlement services.
Fatima Filippi, Rexdale Women’s Centre’s executive director, welcomed Alexander’s bill. “We’re encouraged by the steps being taken even though we have not seen the legislation. We’re encouraged that it will make a difference to the women we work with,” Filippi said in an interview following the ministers’ remarks.
The 2013 Throne Speech promised action to stop early and forced marriages, polygamy, female genital mutilation and so-called honour-based killings. All are issues of concern to the Harper government in light of the multiple murders in 2009 of female members of Montreal’s Shafia family, Alexander said. An Afghan-Canadian man, his second wife and their son, were convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of his three teenaged daughters and his first wife — killed because he felt the girls’ dating and dress brought dishonour to his family.
“As a government, as a society we have got to work tirelessly to make sure that what happened to (these women) never happens again on Canadian soil,” Alexander said. “Young women seeking a better life for themselves and their families in Canada should never be subject to constant fear, threat of violence or death. “The fact is, these practices are occurring on Canadian soil too often with potential for severe and sometimes fatal consequences to the victims of such violent acts.”
The minister said provisions in the bill would prevent perpetrators from arguing provocation or cultural differences as mitigating factors. “Honour-based killings are nothing more than murders,” Alexander said. “We will be making it clear to anyone who may doubt how serious we are that we do not, under any circumstance, accept or allow the propagation, support or enactment of barbaric cultural practices on Canadian soil.
“The bill we intend on tabling later today will show, quite clearly, that our Canadian values do not extend to barbaric acts.” The legislation would eliminate early and forced marriage from Canada’s immigration program, as well as domestically, Alexander said. Changes would also strengthen the ability of immigration authorities to clamp down on polygamy, of which, Alexander said, there are at least hundreds of cases.
Alexander noted the case of an Afghan immigrant accused of stabbing his wife to death last year, allegedly because he felt dishonoured by her independence and search for employment. Leitch related how a 14-year-old girl disclosed to her she was the victim of genital mutilation when Leitch was a medical resident at The Hospital for Sick Children. “As a surgeon, as a woman, as a Canadian that is an unacceptable act,” Leitch said.
While violence against women and girls is unacceptable to most Canadians, it still occurs in homes, workplaces and on our streets, and affects diverse cultural communities, Leitch lamented. “Some immigrant women in Canada may not be familiar with our laws, and may not know that certain harmful practices are illegal, inappropriate and forms of violence,” Leitch said.
“Canada is a free and open society built on a premise of equality for all Canadians and we will not tolerate harmful social practices and conditions that injure any individual.”
Reporters asked Leitch to comment on whether the government needs to do more to protect women amid often non-reporting of workplace harassment and violence in the wake of the publication in the past week of multiple allegations of abuse and harassment by former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi. “One is too many,” Leitch said. “Anyone who has been through violence, harassment or cyberbullying, that is unacceptable…We encourage everyone if they are experiencing harassment, please come forward.”
Leitch said multiple government ministers are working together on initiatives to combat harassment and violence. Since CBC fired Ghomeshi on Oct. 26, the Toronto Star and other media outlets have published the accounts of nine women accusing the former host of radio show Q of harassment, physical abuse and sexual assault.
Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, spokesman of Saudi Arabia’s religious police, announced that the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice will cover any women’s eyes that are deemed tempting. “The men of the committee will interfere to force women to cover their eyes, especially the tempting ones. We have the right to do so,” he said.
AINA What are “tempting” eyes? One Saudi journalist mused on condition of anonymity that they are “uncovered eyes with a nice shape and makeup. Or even without makeup, if they are beautiful, the woman will be in trouble.”
The Orwellian-named committee did not provide a definition of tempting, but if they happen to rely on Merriam-Webster, then it means “having an appeal.” What is an appeal? According to the dictionary, it is “arousing a sympathetic response.” And what is sympathetic? “Showing empathy,” according to Merriam-Webster.
So there you have it. To allow a women’s eyes to capture the unfettered glory of the world, one must empathize with her very existence. But the religious police–massively funded by King Abdullah–cannot do this. “It’s so stupid,” the Saudi journalist tells me. “I don’t know what to say. They have to stop this. Many people will oppose this in the country. They won’t be silent.”
Perhaps they won’t be, but the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice has some of the most powerful backers in the country. Prince Naif, recently appointed heir to the throne, has said: “The committee is supported by all sides … It should be supported because it is a pillar from Islam. If you are a Muslim, you should support the committee.” No surprise, then, that King Abdullah awarded this draconian body an additional 200 million riyals (about $53 million) in March.
How should America respond to this latest affront to Saudi women? Perhaps it can sponsor a contest of the most tempting eyes in Saudi Arabia. Women will send in pictures of their most tempting look and the winner will get to accompany President Obama during his next meeting with the Saudi dictator.
If Congress reconsidered the recent $60 billion U.S.-Saudi arms deal, the religious police might quickly find it “tempting” to stop treating women as property.
The video begins with the woman being lectured to by the ISIS leader (photo right). She reportedly begged her father (photo left) to forgive her but he said ‘no’ and hit her with the final large stone that killed her.
#Syria the sick Thing in the stoned video is that the girl say to her father plz forgive me and he say no and he stoned his daughter #ISIS
The video has been darkened at the very end so the woman is not visible at the time she dies, but you can see her being stoned in the beginning and hear the sounds of the stones being hurled at her. The quran permits this. Barbarians.
In the latest edition of Dabiq, the Islamic State’s slick, English magazine, the group offers an Islamic theological justification for capturing infidel women to be used as sex slaves. The brutal group is thought to be holding thousands of Yazidi women and girls and subjecting them to horrific violent, sexual abuse.
Clarion Project“One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar (infidels) — and taking their women as prostitutes is a firmly established aspect of the Sharia, or Islamic law,” the group says in an online magazine published Sunday.
In an article titled, “The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour” (“Hour” referring to “Judgment Day”), the magazine concludes that since the Yazidi religion pre-dates Islam, its followers are to be dealt with according to the laws of the mushrik (polytheists). The article explains,
The fourth edition of the group’s English-language digital magazine called “Dabiq” said that female members of the Yazidi sect, an ethnically Kurdish minority living mostly in Iraq, may legitimately be captured and forcibly made concubines or sexual slaves.
The article reminds its readers that the legality of slavery is established in sharia (Islamic) law, saying, “Before Shaytan [Satan] reveals his doubts to the weak-minded and weak hearted, one should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shari’ah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur’an and the narration of the Prophet … and thereby apostatizing from Islam.”
Indeed, the Qurancondones and justifies slavery in a number of verses, specifically in the context of war booty and concubines. Hundreds of the Hadiths (saying of the Islamic prophet Mohammed) deal with the jurisprudence of Islamic slaves. Both indicate the institution’s clear sanction by sharia law.
Caged women being sold off by ISIS as sex slaves in Mosul, Iraq
The criticism of the Islamic State by the scholars that signed the letter is that the terrorist group is not “following the correct procedures that ensure justice and mercy.” However, endorsing sharia law, point 5 of the letter states, “What is meant by ‘practical jurisprudence’ is the process of applying Shari’ah rulings and dealing with them according to the realities and circumstances that people are living under.”
The letter continues, “Practical jurisprudence [fiqh al-waq’i] considers the texts that are applicable to peoples realities at a particular time, and the obligations that can be postponed until they are able to be met or delayed based on their capabilities.”
Far from distancing themselves from the implementation of sharia law by the Islamic State, the above statements are an endorsement of the Islamist doctrine of “gradualism.“ This is an incremental strategy for establishing sharia governance, supporting jihad and advancing the Islamist cause.
A Manhattan Muslim man from Africa was charged with circumcising the clitoris of his much-younger wife after she refused to have sex, authorities said.
NY Post (h/t next instinct) Moussa Diarra, 48, wanted to have anal intercourse with the 24-year-old victim and when she said no, he forced himself on her, police said. He sodomized her before performing the horrific circumcision around 9 p.m. Sept. 14, the woman told cops.
The victim reported the assault about a week later, police said. Diarra, who is originally from Africa, where female genital mutilation is still widespread, was arrested Sept. 23, court records show. He was indicted by a grand jury six days later.
He is charged with a forcible sex act, aggravated sex abuse by compulsion, attempted assault with intent to disfigure or dismember and assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, court records show.
He is being held at the Manhattan Detention Center in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 27.
The ABC spoke to five Muslim women on the streets of Sydney about what they choose to wear and their experiences in the current political and social climate.
Manaya Chaouk, 27, social worker and mother, Guildford
“What happened to freedom of expression? Freedom of religion? We’re already a target. Now the Prime Minister is helping the bigots and bogans take their anger out on us. He’s trying to instill fear in people.(Nope, you muslims do a very good job of terrorizing people all on your own) People look [at] me the wrong way. They say silly things. I’ve heard a lot of stories and seen a lot of stories. For any woman to be attacked, that’s not right. There’s still a lot of racism. (What ‘race’ is Islam?) Now the bigots have come out of hiding. I’m afraid now, I’m looking over my shoulder whenever I leave my local area. That’s wrong. I shouldn’t feel like that. No-one should feel like that.” (You’re right, and I hear there are planes leaving Australia for muslim-friendly countries every single day of the week)
Randa Jada, 32, accountant and mother, Granville
“I was born here. (Then you should dress like it) Now that all this is happening, I’ve been getting a lot of dirty looks. I find it very concerning. They’re ignorant. (No, they are finally getting educated about the threat you muslims pose to Australians) What’s their reason to hate us? (See above) No-one sits next to me anymore, people move their kids away from my kids, people don’t communicate as much. It’s sad.” (Hardly. We’ve all heard about what muslims do with little children. Do you want a list?)
Name Withheld, 33, mother and former secretary, Auburn
“I wear [the niqab] because I love it. I do this to please Allah [God]. It’s my choice. I’ve been wearing it for one and a half years now. The Prime Minister has to be very careful what he says. (That sounds like a threat to Tony Abbott. I’m reporting you) It’s very divisive. It’s all fear-mongering. He’s ruining any chance of bringing the Muslim community and wider community together. (He’s trying to decrease the muslim community or can’t see that? Remember the boats?) Why do we get prosecuted for wearing this? We’re productive citizens of Australia. (Only if you consider sucking the government welfare teat to be ‘productive’) For any woman who is attacked, it’s disgusting. Veil or no veil. Muslim or non-Muslim.” (“Attack” is relative. Verbal attacks by Aussies? Or Islamic beheadings by muslims? Let’s take a vote)
Maryam Ali, 56, grandmother of eight, Berala
“Everybody has got a choice. It shouldn’t be a problem what others choose to wear. I have been discriminated [against] because of my head covering. Australian culture is accepting. Let’s respect that.” (Even ‘tolerant’ Aussies can be pushed to their limit. You have exceeded that)
Hayfa Bakour, 17, student, Greenacre
[The reported targeting of Muslim women] is a bit scary. It actually makes me more scared to walk around. (I hear you can walk around Saudi Arabia with your whole face covered, but never alone) Nothing has happened to me directly. (So why are you scared?) Now my mum always says make sure you’re never alone, always leave the library with someone, with one of my girlfriends (Just like Saudi Arabia). When I was younger I thought I was lucky to live in Australia. But now hearing all these terrible stories of woman being abused is really confronting. (Definitely go to Saudi Arabia where women are never abused)
There are many blonde-haired, blue-eyed Yazidis. ISIS is calling for the blonde Yazidi women to be raped by Muslim men in order to get rid of the blonde-haired, blue-eyed gene among the Yazidi population
Two Yazidi teenagers who escaped the clutches of ISIS (Islamic State) have revealed the horror of their capture and captivity. They describe being tortured and forced to watch videos of men from their community being beheaded. Some were so traumatized by their experiences that they tried to commit suicide. Those who failed were severely beaten by ISIS.
Global Post 15-year-old Sara had considered suicide many times during her month-long ordeal. The old man she had been given to as a “gift” beat her frequently. He taunted her with videos of Islamic State militants beheading her neighbors. On two occasions she said he drew blood from her arm with a large syringe, making her feel weak and sickly.
“They didn’t feed us much. I used to pass out a lot, but I would make trouble for him as much as possible and fight when I could,” Sara said, sitting under a tent in a makeshift camp for the displaced outside Duhok. “Many times I thought of suicide but I kept thinking of my family and my brother. I lived only for them.”
Sara is Yazidi, a member of a minority religious group from northern Iraq persecuted for centuries for its ancient beliefs. She still bears horrific scars across the left side of her body from a double truck bombing that struck her neighborhood in 2007 — when she was just 8 years old — killing almost 800 people and injuring more than 1,500.
To the Islamic State (IS) the Yazidis are infidels. When the terror group seized control of dozens of Yazidi villages in the region of Sinjar last month, they executed men and kidnapped thousands of women and children. Those assaults on Yazidis and other minority groups — and in particular, the IS threat against tens of thousands of Yazidis trapped in the Sinjar Mountains — were a major reason US President Barack Obama cited for authorizing airstrikes against IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in Iraq. The US has since expanded those strikes to Syria.
The escaped women’s stories offer details about the Islamic State’s systematicviolence against minority communitiesin Iraq, and insight into the group’s methods for imposing an extreme ideology and recruiting fighters to its cause.
Sara’s ordeal began on Aug. 3 in the Sinjar village of Tal Azir, when IS launched its attack. Without a vehicle, she and her mother, her brother and his pregnant wife simply ran toward the nearby mountains. After two hours on foot, they reached a farmhouse where many of their neighbors and relatives had taken shelter on the edge of the mountain range.
Soon, IS had them surrounded. “There were about 20 cars. They all had heavy weapons,” said Sara. “They separated the men from the women. Some of the men tried to run. They shot them. They locked my mother in a room with some of the older women.” Sara said the younger Yazidi women were then loaded onto the backs of seven pickup trucks, some of the vehicles taken from villagers and others belonging to IS. She stuck close to her pregnant sister-in-law.
“I don’t know how many of us there were but they were pushing us into the trucks, as many as they could hold in each one,” she said. “The children they didn’t care about. Some women took their children. Others got left behind.”
Sara and her pregnant sister-in-law were also taken to Mosul.“There was a big hall with three floors and each floor had 5 or 6 rooms,” Sara said. “They told us if we didn’t convert to Islam they would kill all the men in our families, so we said to ourselves, ‘It’s just words. In our hearts we are still Yazidi.’ So I did it to save my brother.”
The IS captors passed out Korans to the women. Since many were illiterate, the men would read to them from the books. “They were always trying to tell us about religion,” Sara said. “In those few days they didn’t treat us so badly, but they were scary. They had dirty, hairy faces and they smelled bad.”
Later they gave the women niqabs to wear (most Yazidi women wear conservative Western-style clothing, and sometimes hijabs) before moving them to a new hall.
“A sheikh came and took away about 20 or 30 of the most beautiful girls,” Sara said, shielding her face from a gust of sand that blew through her family’s flimsy tent. “Then a man said the married women would be sent to their husbands [if the husband had converted to Islam] to make a new Muslim family. They read out names and when a woman heard the name of her husband they came forward and were taken away. I stood with my sister-in-law waiting for my brother’s name. But they never read it. We were so sad that night. We thought maybe he didn’t convert yet or he was in another city.”
Sara was then split from her sister-in-law and sent to another room with single women and girls her age. Men would come daily and choose two or three women. She said some paid the captors money. Others said the women were their “gifts.” The women didn’t return. “We would try to make ourselves look ugly. Some women would cry or scream or fight, but it made no difference. They were always taken anyway,” Sara said. “One girl hung herself. Another tried, but the IS guards stopped her and beat her very badly. No one else tried after that.”
Sara made friends with 14-year-old Banaz. They vowed to stay together, no matter what. The day her friend was chosen, Sara refused to let her go, telling the man, “You take us both or you leave her here.” He took them both. They were driven to Fallujah, where they were passed to two local men she described as “an old man and a fat man” who lived together in a mansion she says they took from a local family.
Sara described beatings, degrading treatment and having so little food the two girls were always frail and sick. The men also made them watch videos of Yazidi men being beheaded.
“In some [videos] they put the heads into cooking pots,” she recalled, cringing at the memory. “Sometimes they would stand on them. There were so many heads. And they would ask us, ‘Do you know this one?’ and laugh.” Sara described the men holding her as members of IS from Fallujah — possibly former Sunni extremists who had only recently joined the terror group.
The Yazidi Fraternal Organization, formally based in Sinjar but now working from the Kurdish capital Erbil, has registered the names of more than 12,000 missing Yazidis — 5,000 women and 7,000 men — believed to have been killed or captured during a three-day period beginning Aug. 3.
At least 47 of the women have since escaped. They tell tales of rape, forced marriage and enslavement. Many, like Sara, say they were given to IS fighters as wives or sold as slaves for prices ranging from $100 to $1,000. Late last month, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 300 cases of Yazidi women transported to Syria by IS,some of whom were then sold in Aleppo in a human trade market.
For 19-year-old Leila, the horror began as she tried to flee on foot from her village in Sinjar with her husband and his family. When IS vehicles caught up to them, militants forced the men to lie face down on the ground. Then they shot them, including boys as young as 14. Leila watched as her husband was executed.
The women were bundled into the backs of pickup trucks. Leila clung to one-year-old Murad, her only child, as the women were driven to the town of Sebai. In separate interviews, Sara and Leila, who do not know each other, gave similar accounts of what they saw on the drive through this part of Sinjar.
“We drove past so many bodies. Even the bodies of children,” Leila said. She sits now in the home of a relative in Duhok, holding baby Murad tightly in her arms.
Leila was eventually taken to Mosul, she said, and held in a hall with more than a thousand other women. They compared stories: Most often their men had been lined up and shot. Others had been taken away in trucks. “[IS] told us we must convert to Islam,” she said. “We refused and they left us alone for 10 days.” Food continued to arrive, but the men stopped bringing milk for her baby.
Then things changed.“They started to take the women away. Sometimes they let them bring their babies along, but other times they refused.” Leila said some women would disappear for several days, then return to the hall. Others never came back. Some of the men coming to choose women, mostly local Iraqis, looked as old as 70, Leila said.
Parwen Aziz of the Kurdistan National Congress has heard dozens of similar stories of capture and mass execution from members of the Yazidi community, which has sought refuge in the Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq. Aid workers assisting the Yazidis have heard them, too. Aziz has been lobbying the Kurdish government and aid groups to provide more support for escaped IS prisoners like Sara, who started turning up here about six weeks ago.
Aziz said there were early fears that Yazidi women who returned from captivity may be rejected or even killed by their own families, due to local concepts of honor. However, she hasn’t heard of any women with surviving family members who weren’t welcomed back.
Her concern has now turned to the risk of suicide among survivors due to trauma, shame or hopelessness.
“Psychological support programs are not accepted here so we are trying to start income programs that will help [women] psychologically at the same time,” she said. “Some of these women do not want to talk at all. They need time. Some of them speak of frequent rape, up to six times a day. Others were not tortured or raped at all. Their situations vary often according to age or the area where they were held.”
Stacy Joseph says she doesn’t think the niqab, a headbag that Muslim women wear to cover their faces, should be worn while driving her children to school, one of whom has special needs. Not to mention, the headbag limits the bus driver’s field of vision.
City News(h/t Susan K) “As a parent I’m concerned that I don’t know who is driving them,” Joseph told CityNews. “I know the other bus drivers, I know them by face, I know them by name so I can easily identify them.” She says this is not about any particular person or religion, it’s about the safety of her children. (There could be anybody under that get-up, even a potential beheader)
Niqabs have sparked controversy in the past, with protests against a Quebec law that bans women wearing the veils from receiving or providing public service. Religious rights and security rights also collided in 2010, with allegations Air Canada failed to visually verify the identity of women boarding a flight in Montreal.
The Qatar women’s basketball team has withdrawn from the Asian Games in South Korea after being denied permission to wear the hijab during games. (I guess South Korea doesn’t give a hoot about what the International Basketball Federation did (See link below)
BBC The players were asked to remove the Islamic head scarf before taking on Mongolia but refused and forfeited. World basketball regulations list headgear and hair accessories among the items that are prohibited on court. With no sign that the rule would be relaxed before their next match against Nepal, the team decided to pull out.
Other sports at the Asian Games allow athletes to wear the hijab; all four members of the Iranian lightweight women’s quadruple sculls team wore it as they rowed to a bronze medal on Wednesday.
Basketball remains one of the exceptions although the sport’s world governing body, Fiba, said earlier this month that it had held discussions on the issue and was introducing a two-year testing phase on what players can wear.The Olympic Council of Asia (OCA) issued a statement on Wednesday, saying: “The right of the athletes must be the highest priority.”
After forfeiting the Mongolian match, Qatari player Amal Mohamed A Mohamed said they had been assured before they travelled to the Games in Incheon that they would be able to wear the hijab. “We were told that we would be able to participate in matches by wearing a hijab,” she said. (Oh, well, they lied, you know, like muslims do all the time)
“We will not attend any games in this Asian Games unless the officials change their decision.”
Apparently, Arab media have banned the photo’s publication because because the words ‘There is no God but Allah’ are printed on the ISIS banner.
LiveleakAliaa Magda Elmahdy , a well known Egyptian social activist and blogger posted a photo to Facebook Saturday of herself and another unidentified women defecating and menstruating on an Islamic State flag while in the nude, in what appears to be a protest against the Islamist terror group’s recent advances in northern Iraq and Syria. Elmahdy did not specify why she posted the photo, though past controversies suggest that she was opposing the Islamic State terror group’s brutally restrictive and misogynistic ideology.
In the image, the 23-year-old feminist is seen facing the camera, while the other woman, dressed in a black hijab, has her back towards the viewer. Two presumably plastic machine guns are in the background, and the veiled woman is holding up her middle finger. The letters IS are inscribed on Elmahdy’s stomach and on the second woman’s bottom.
Amnesty International said the victims, some just babies, were snatched from villages and are being forced into marriage or sold as sex slaves. Girls raped by ISIS are jumping to their deaths from Mt. Sinjar.
UK Mirror Up to 3,000 women and girls have been kidnapped by Islamic State thugs on the rampage in Iraq over the past two weeks, it is feared. They face the terrifying prospect of being forced into marriage or sold as sex slaves, reports the Sunday People.
Amnesty International said the victims, some just babies, were snatched from villages overrun by the heavily-armed jihadists. Hundreds of male villagers who refuse to convert to Islam have been mercilessly shot dead.
Meanwhile US jets continued to pound Islamic State positions and British planes airlifted relief supplies to refugees yesterday.
The militants have executed 700 members of the Al-Sheeitat tribe in eastern Syria, a monitoring group claimed last night. The Syrian Observatory for Human Rights said many were beheaded.
It also emerged that 400 men from Iraq’s Yazidi community were slaughtered in cold blood in just 48 hours after the village of Kojo was taken. Senior Kurdish officials said 82 men died on Friday and 312.
Militants took men away in groups of a few dozen and shot them with assault rifles on the edge of the village, according to a wounded man who escaped by feigning death. They then strolled around finishing off any who appeared to be alive with their pistols, the 42-year-old said.
He added: “They thought we were all dead. When they went we ran away. “We hid in a valley until sundown, and then we fled to the mountains.”
A hundred women and girls from Kojo were taken away. Their fate is uncertain, like thousands of women snatched since Islamic State, formerly known as ISIS, launched its cruel onslaught on August 3. Amnesty spokeswoman Donatella Rovera said yesterday: “The victims are of all ages. “It seems they took away entire families, all those who did not manage to flee.”
Two women, Leila Khalaf and Wadhan Khalaf, were among those kidnapped from Mujamma Jazira village. A male relative, Dakhil Atto Solo, said the abductions happened after residents tried to resist the attack by Islamic State (IS). He recalled: “We tried to defend our villages but they had much bigger weapons. All we had were our Kalashnikov rifles.
“They executed 300 men and took the women to their prisons. Only God can save them now.” The family had managed to save their children, Mr Solo said. But he went on: “The women were in a house surrounded by IS. We had to escape. “Now the children cry for their mothers all the time. ‘Mama, mama,’ they wail. But there is no Mama.”
The father of one kidnapped girl revealed she had told him she was about to be sold as a sex slave for just 10 US dollars. Khandhar Kaliph’s daughter fell into the hands of IS fighters when they captured the mountain town Sinjar.
Speaking after she rang home using a phone being passed around the hostages, he said: “She said she is going to be sold as a slave this afternoon. “What can a father say to that? How can I help? We all feel so useless. “The world needs to know that our women are being enslaved, young and old alike.”
A message on a Twitter account apparently belonging to British IS militant Abu Muthana, a former Cardiff schoolboy, appeared to gloat about capturing women and girls and taking them to Syria. It read: “I confirm we have hundreds of Yazidi slave women in Syria. How about that for news!”
Senior United Nations officials condemned “barbaric acts” by IS in a statement. It said: “We are gravely concerned by reports of acts of violence, including sexual violence, against women and teenage girls and boys belonging to Iraqi minorities.
“Atrocious accounts of abduction of Yazidi, Christian, Turkomen and Shabak women, girls and boys, and reports of savage rapes, are reaching us in an alarming manner.” Terror of the wave of violence and killing has driven 1.2 million Iraqis from their homes. Whole communities of Yazidis and Christians have fled, along with Shia Iraqis, who the Sunni IS militants do not regard as true Muslims.
At least 11 Islamic State fighters were killed in air strikes near north Iraq’s Mosul dam as American fighters and drones provided cover for Iraqi and Kurdish troops. The dam, was captured by jidhadists on August 7.
Britain airlifted 8,000 kitchen sets to Iraq to allow 40,000 refugees formerly trapped on Mount Sinjar to cook for themselves instead of queuing at makeshift canteens. Two Airbus jets touched down in the Kurdish capital Erbil with a load including cutlery, pots and pans, plates and cups.
But it came amid anger that countries on a Government watchlist for human rights abuses are being prioritised for increased arms sales. Sales of guns, ammunition, vehicles, explosives and tear gas to oppressive dictatorships are revealed in documents seen by the Sunday People.
The Department for Business, Innovation and Skills has sought to increase licences to Middle Eastern states such as Libya, Bahrain and Iraq. The Government also sought to beef-up arms sales to Saudi Arabia and Pakistan. All five are listed by the Foreign Office as of human rights concern.
Data collected by the Campaign Against Arms Trade (CAAT) also reveals the Government has agreed arms export licences with a further 12 countries on the human rights watch list.
Andrew Smith of CAAT said: “Selling arms to these countries is at odds with the Government’s claims that it promotes human rights abroad. When weapons get sold into a warzone you can’t control them.”
Since 2008 the Government has agreed £5.5billion in arms licences to Saudi Arabia, more than £43million to Iraq, £76million with Libya, £134million with Pakistan and £30million with Bahrain. It is possible British-built weapons are nowin the hands of Islamic Stateafter after the fanatics pillaged bases abandoned by the fleeing Iraqi army.
And now they are working as sex slaves, providing sexual favors to multiple Islamic savages at a time.
Abducted: Vanessa Marzullo, 21 (left) and Greta Ramelli, 20, (right) were working on humanitarian projects in Syria
UK Daily Mail Greta Ramelli, 20, and Vanessa Marzullo, 21, were working on humanitarian projects in the embattled city of Aleppo the Italian foreign ministry said, admitting that contact with the women is ‘impossible’.
Today Salvatore Marzullo, the father of Vanessa, spoke of his ‘sickening’ fear for his daughter’s safety, as Italy’s deputy foreign minister said the country is working ‘belly to the ground’ to find them.
The group that has kidnapped Miss Ramelli and Miss Marzullo have not yet been formally identified, but Jordanian newspaper Assabeel was quoted as saying investigators believe they an armed Islamist group which has previously kidnapped Western activists and journalists.
Although official details of the kidnapping remain sketchy, the newspaper cites a local activist as saying the women were kidnapped on August 1 and taken to the town of El Ismo, west of Aleppo where they were transported to the home of the head of the local ‘Revolutionary Council’.
The newspaper claimed the activist told them that details of the abduction came from Italian journalist Daniele Raineri of Il Foglio, who they say was taken along with the woman but managed to escape.
Speaking to the Italian newspaper Corriere Della Sera today, Miss Marzullo’s father said he had pleaded with his daughter not to travel to Syria to distribute aid, but she had insisted on doing so. Apparently speaking in a voice cracked with emotion and anxiety, Salvatore Marzullo said: ‘What could I do? Vanessa is an adult, a golden girl, brave and responsible. I tried to reason with her, I tried to convince her in every way I could not to do what she had in mind.’
Salvatore Marzullo said his daughter Vanessa (left) had long sympathised with the plight on Syrians and had taken part in a number of protests and demonstrations in her home city of Bergamo
Mr Marzullo said his daughter had long sympathised with the plight on Syrians and had taken part in a number of protests and demonstrations in her home city of Bergamo. While studying Linguistic and Cultural Mediation at the University of Milan, her interest in activism grew – as did her desire to travel to Syria and help.
According to their Facebook pages, the two women have made several visits to Syria since 2012. On their latest trip they flew to Turkey before sneaking into Syria through Atma – a huge refugee camp on the border between the two countries – according to La Stampa. Miss Ramelli’s most recent Facebook update was on July 31 and showed a picture of a young boy holding a rifle in a heavily shelled area of Aleppo.