by, Zee News | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
LAHORE, Pakistan: Pakistan’s Supreme Court on Wednesday stayed the execution of a minority Christian woman over blasphemy as it admitted her plea challenging the conviction, in a case that sparked international outrage over the controversial law.
A three-member panel of judges heard the case in Supreme Court’s Lahore registry and admitted Asia Bibi’s petition for full hearing after initial arguments by her defence lawyer besides staying her execution till the matter is adjudicated.
Bibi, a mother of five, had a quarrel over a bowl of water with fellow Muslim women while working on a crop field in Punjab province.
She was accused of uttering blasphemous words in the heat of arguments, which she denied.
The Asia Bibi Case:
Bibi was arrested in 2009 for allegedly passing the blasphemous remarks and convicted in 2010. Her death sentence was maintained by the Lahore High Court in October last year which she challenged in the Supreme Court.
No date had been set for the execution.
Bibi’s death sentence had sparked outrage among international human rights groups, which condemned Pakistan’s blasphemy law as a source of persecution against religious minorities.
Blasphemy laws were introduced by military rulers Zia-ul- Haq in 1980s and people accused under the laws are also targeted by extremists.
When governor of Punjab province Salman Taseer criticised these laws in a meeting with Bibi after her first conviction, he first faced immense criticism from extremists and was later killed by his police guard in 2011.
by, Seyhmus Cakan | Reuters | h/t Blazing Catfur & Glen Roberts @ Trop
A suspected Islamic State suicide bomber killed at least 30 people, mostly young students, in an attack on a Turkish town near the Syrian border on Monday.
Bodies lay beneath trees after the blast outside a cultural centre in the mostly Kurdish town of Suruc in southeastern Turkey, some 10 km (6 miles) from the Syrian town of Kobani, where Kurdish fighters have been battling Islamic State.
The explosion tore through a group of mostly university-aged students from an activist group as they gathered to make a statement to the local press about a trip they were planning to help rebuild Kobani.
The Moment of Impact:
..And THIS was the Aftermath:
Turkey’s NATO allies have been seeking tighter controls on a porous border with Syria that runs alongside Islamic State-held territories. But monitoring is difficult with 1.8 million Syrian refugees now on the Turkish side and smuggling rife.
The United States, which has an air base at Incirlik in southern Turkey, though it is not being used for its air attacks on IS forces, called the bombing a “heinous terror attack”.
Prime Minister Ahmet Davutoglu told a news conference in Ankara 30 people had been killed. “It is…most probably a suicide bombing.”
The Hurriyet newspaper said the attacker was an 18-year old woman, but there was no confirmation.
“Turkey has taken and will continue to take all necessary measures against the Islamic State,” Davutoglu said, without giving details. “Measures on our border with Syria…will be increased.”
One witness, giving his name as Mehmet, told Reuters by telephone he saw more than 20 bodies.
“It was a huge explosion, we all shook.”
Video footage showed young men and women standing behind a banner declaring support for Kobani, some holding up small red flags. Suddenly there was a huge explosion, apparently from within the crowd, sending up a column of flame.
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Hey Erdogan, How’s that bowing down and kissing ISIS-ASS working out for ya’?
Ex-Muslim Shahram Hadian Warns America of the Subversive Forced Resettlement of Radical Muslim Refugees Into Idaho.
* A Special ‘Thank you’ to Misty for the lead on this story.
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Security services think the area in Bosnia is used for ISIS training camps and could be a base for devastating terror attacks on the West
by, Patrick Hill & Ed Wight | The Mirror | h/t Sharona Schwartz @ The Blaze
Islamic State have established a stronghold in mainland Europe, a Sunday Mirror investigation reveals.
Terrorists are secretly buying land in an isolated village, surrounded by deep woodland.
Security services think the area in Bosnia is used for ISIS training camps and could be a base for devastating terror attacks on the West.
Crucially, the location gives IS a key strategic position due to its proximity to the Mediterranean which is used by extremists from Syria, Iraq and North Africa.
At least 12 ISIS fighters trained in the village of Osve have left for Syria in recent months and five are reported to be dead.
Terror expert Dzevad Galijasevic said: “From this village a large number of people went to Syria and are going constantly.
“The chosen location of some of the properties is on a hill, where there is no possibility to approach without being seen. It is clear that the source of the terrorist threat is right there. It is a major threat.
“There is no one there who isn’t ready to respond to the summons to jihad.”
We visited the hilltop village 60 miles from Sarajevo and six miles from the town of Maglaj afternoon.
It is not mapped by GPS and is only accessible by steep and winding roads barely wide enough for cars to pass.
A number of houses there appear to have been abandoned or only half built and it is not overlooked by any other settlement.
A number of villagers wore Islamic-style clothing, including two women wearing burkas.
Our guide – our driver and translator – said we were being watched and it was too dangerous to photograph them.
Clearly worried, the dad-of-one said: “We should leave now – our presence here is beginning to cause suspicion. This is a beautiful place but is incredibly dangerous.
“You cannot underestimate the possible threat here. If they see the camera all hell will break loose.”
It is understood that notorious ISIS supporter Harun Mehicevic is among fanatics who bought land in the area. He has purchased two hectares.
Mehicevic fled Bosnia during the 1990s Balkan wars and settled in Melbourne, Australia, where he is considered one of the country’s most dangerous men.
In one ranting sermon, he reportedly told an audience of potential recruits: “Allah will help the mujahideen (holy warriors) establish an Islamic State where Muslims can live with dignity and honour.”
Other known terrorists believed to have bought land in the village include Jasin Rizvic and Osman Kekic, who are both now fighting with ISIS in Syria.
Muslim leader Izet Hadzic – arrested by Bosnia’ and Herzegovina’s security service Sipa in a raid – is also understood to have property in the village, as have many others who have gone to fight in Syria and Iraq.
One villager told our investigators that locals fear the area is a “nest for terrorists”.
The man, who does not want to be named, said: “We regularly hear gunshots coming from the woods up there for long periods at a time. It happens every week.
“I don’t know what they are doing, whether it is target practice or something like that, but it happens regularly.
“It is really concerning to hear such notorious members of ISIS are buying land. They keep themselves to themselves but it is better not to ask questions.
“It worries me that I am bringing up my children here. Now could be time to move out but it is not so easy to sell.”
Bosnia is an ideal position for jihadis travelling illegally from Syria to Greece, via Turkey, and then through Macedonia and Serbia.
Guns and other weapons are easier to obtain in Bosnia than in other parts of Europe due to illegal ownership following the conflicts of the 1990s.
Five months ago, anti-terror cops raided the village of Gornja Maoca in the north of the country following reports of houses flying the ISIS flag.
The area is home to followers of the strict Sunni Islam Wahhabi movement. It has been raided by police several times over the past decade due to suspected links with radical groups.
A report on jihadism in Bosnia said: “Returning foreign fighters from Syria and Iraq – battle-hardened, skilled in handling arms and explosives, and ideologically radicalised – pose a direct threat not only to the security of Bosnia and Herzegovina, but also of the region and beyond.”
The report, The Lure of the Syrian War: The Foreign Fighters’ Bosnian Contingent, said that between 2013 and 2014, 156 Bosnian men and 36 women travelled to Syria, taking 25 children with them.
It said 48 men and three women had officially returned by last January.
The authors, Sarajevo University associate political science professor Vlado Azinovic and Islamic theologian Muhamed Jusic, also found that Bosnia was ill-prepared to deal with the threat.
The report said: “There is a lack of co-ordination between local law-enforcement agencies on (foreign fighter) issues.”
Kristina Jozic of security service Sipa said: “The return of individuals participating in the conflict in Syria, fighting with ISIS, is undoubtedly a security challenge and a threat, the extent of which is hard to determine.”
She said: “Sipa continuously performs checks of all allegations that can be linked to terrorist activities in any way, whether that is financing, recruiting or other activities related to terrorism.”
She added that the village is under surveillance following a police raid in May.
Director of the Centre for Security Studies in the Bosnian capital Sarajevo, Armin Krzalic, said: “Bosnians who went to fight for Islamic State will be treated as a threat to security upon their return whether they have land here or not.”
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by, Kevin Conlon, Jason Hanna and Mohammed Tawfeeq | CNN
Promising cheap relief from the scorching Iraqi summer heat, a suicide bomber with an ice truck lured more than 100 people to their deaths Friday.
ISIS claimed responsibility on Twitter for the bombing in Khan Bani Saad, making it one of the single deadliest acts of terror the group has claimed.
The duplicitous plot was carried out on the eve of Eid al-Fitr — a joyous Muslim holiday marking the end of Ramadan.
Throngs of shoppers crowded the open-air market when, according to two local police officials, a man in a truck pulled up and announced he was not only selling ice, but offering a discount because of the holiday.
Although the sun had gone down, the temperature was still around 35 degrees Celsius (95 degrees Fahrenheit), so the prospect of cheap ice drew hundreds to the truck, according to police.
With ice visible in the truck, the merchant appeared legitimate — but police said hidden beneath was at least one ton of explosives.
Video courtesy of: CNN
Videos posted on social media showed scenes of devastation — a large fire, and bodies and debris over a wide area. Several multistory buildings appeared to have been heavily damaged.
Daylight revealed a huge crater in the street where the vehicle had exploded.
By Saturday, the death toll had risen to 120, according to Muthana al Tamimi, governor of Diyala province.
But with 140 more wounded in the blast, that may go up.
The White House issued a statement Saturday condemning the attack, and reiterating its commitment “to bring an end to (ISIS’) depravity.”
“On behalf of the brave people of Diyala Province and all those Iraqis persecuted by (ISIS), the United States will continue to support the Government of Iraq and its security forces to degrade and ultimately destroy this terrorist organization,” said National Security Council spokesman Ned Price.
Khan Bani Saad is a mostly Shiite town about 35 kilometers (21 miles) north of the Iraqi capital.
by, Julia Hahn | Breitbart | h/t Glen Roberts @ Trop
According to U.S. Census Data, the United States admits roughly 100,000 Muslim immigrants legally each year, representing the fastest growing block of immigration into the United States. Tennessee, in fact, is home to one of the fastest growing immigrant populations in the country, causing the President to give a recent speech there in favor of expansive immigration. The Mayor of Nashville has launched a New American Advisory Council to help facilitate the legally-sanctioned transition from the previous inhabitants of Nashville to the new ones.
Both of Tennessee’s Senators, Sen. Lamar Alexander (R-TN) and Sen. Bob Corker (R-TN), helped pass the Senate’s Gang of Eight bill which would have tripled the number of green cards issued over the next ten years.
Unlike illegal immigrants, legal immigrants invited into the United States with green cards are granted automatic work permits, welfare access, and the ability to become voting citizens.
Obama ‘Flooding’ US With ‘Huge Surge’ Of Muslim Immigrants
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Pew Research has estimated that immigration will cause the population of U.S. Muslims to more than double over the next two decades—from 2.6 million in 2010 to 6.2 million in 2030. This demographic change is entirely the product of legal admissions–that is, it is a formal policy of the federal government adopted by Congress.
Another major source of Middle Eastern immigration into the United States is done through our nation’s refugee program. Every year the United Stated admits 70,000 asylees and refugees. Arabic is the most common language spoken by refugees, and 91.4 percent of refugees from the Middle East are on food stamps.
The importation of Middle Eastern immigrants through the nation’s refugee program has led to the development of pockets of radicalized communities throughout the United States.
Minnesota, for instance, which has the largest Somali population in the country, has struggled to stem terror recruiting. The Minneapolis Star Tribune recently reported that six men from Minnesota were arrested and charged attempting to fight alongside ISIS. During the last two years alone, more than 20 Somali-Americans from Minnesota have left the U.S. to fight alongside terrorists under the banner of ISIL.
Similarly, as National Review has reported, “Dearborn, Michigan is home to just under 100,000 people, about 40 percent of whom are Muslim. In 2013, a leaked government document revealed that more people from Dearborn were on the federal terrorist watch list than from any other city except New York.”
Recent Poll: More Than 50% of Muslims in the U.S. Want Sharia Law
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The head of the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Union, Kenneth Palinkas, recently warned about this very issue: “It is also essential to warn the public about the threat that ISIS will exploit our loose and lax visa policies to gain entry to the United States. Indeed, as we know from the first World Trade Center bombing in 1993, from the 9/11 terrorist attacks, from the Boston Bombing, from the recent plot to bomb a school and courthouse in Connecticut, and many other lesser-known terror incidents, we are letting terrorists into the United States right through our front door.”
He listed a number of terror attacks in which the attackers were immigrants voluntarily imported into the United States, including the Boston Marathon Bombing. None of these attacks would have occurred but for immigration sanctioned by the federal government.
News reports show that this is similarly emerging as a problem in Florida. A recent piece in The Tampa Tribune reveals that Florida now leads the nation as the number one state resettling refugees.
As one Floridian community liaison manager with Refugee Services estimated for The Tampa Tribune, Florida settles 27,000 refugees, on average, per year.
According to the federal government, Florida resettled 43,184 refugees in 2013.
While most of these refugees settling in Florida arrive from Cuba, many arrive from Middle Eastern countries. According to the U.S. Office of Refugee Resettlement, the next largest countries to resettle in Florida after Cuba are (in order) Iraq, Myanmar (Burma), the Democratic Republic of Congo, Sudan, Somalia, Colombia, Afghanistan, Jordan, Pakistan, Syria, and Palestine.
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The Tampa Tribune reports that many of these Muslim refugees are carving out their own Muslim communities within Florida (similar to what refugees have done in Dearborn and Minneapolis): “Many of the refugees finding homes in the Tampa Bay area are Muslim because the region has an established Muslim community.”
The Tampa Tribune also notes that most of these refugees, precisely because they are invited in legally by our government, will go on to seek citizenship. Tampa immigration lawyer B. John Ovink told The Tampa Tribune, “Citizenship is straightforward. Once they enter as refugees or are granted asylum, they apply for permanent residency, the proof of which is a green card. It’s pretty automatic unless something changes in their country of origin and they are forced to go back. But I haven’t seen that happen in the 22 years I’ve been practicing law.”
On the heels of these developments, two Republican Senators– Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA) and Dan Coats (R-IN)–have announced plans to substantially increase immigration from countries with large Muslim populations as a condition of a new highway bill. They are proposing to attach “highly-skilled” immigration bills from last Congress, which would expand the number of STEM workers (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics)–large numbers of whom come from countries with large Muslim populations like Pakistan, India and Saudi Arabia. The Tennessee killer was himself an engineering student.
Similarly, presidential contender Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) has also introduced immigration legislation that would substantially increase opportunities for Muslim immigration by creating an uncapped green card program for foreign students specializing in STEM fields while tripling the number of H-1B visas. One of the fastest growing groups of foreign students are from Saudi Arabia, helping propel the foreign student population to an all-time high.
Senator Rubio’s statement on the terrorist attack in Tennessee did not mention anything about Islam.
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by, J. Schuyler Montague | sharia unveiled
Perhaps the Ramadan fasting is taking it’s toll on the Muslim sensibilities or maybe it’s just ‘..Muslims being Muslims..’ Either way, the men and women are both getting in on the action. No gender discrimination here…
In this first video, which takes place at Islam’s ‘..holiest of the holies..’ – the Grand Mosque in Mecca, also know as Masjid Al Haram, it seems an argument ensued over the distribution of alms revenue. (Charity money) which then turned into an all out brawl.
And, nothing says charity more than beating the hell out of your fellow man (or woman) to get it…
Video courtesy of: gotube
In this next video, at a mosque in the capital city of Riyadh, we finally get an inside look at the apparent ‘..Muslim world saviour..’ or so he claimed.
It begins with a man entering the main prayer hall yelling ‘..I am the long-awaited one sent by Muhammad..’ – ‘..I am Al Medhi Al Montathar..the chosen one..’ referring to, (the Chosen Imam Al-Mehdi), known to us as.. “The Mahdi” (12th Imam.)
According to Islamic Eschatology, the ‘Mehdi’ is the “Islamic Saviour” that they are all awaiting. They believe he will ‘..Rise up from the center of the earth and cleanse the planet of ALL Jews and Christians..’ – In other words, the one Judaic/Judeo-Christian Eschatology refers to as ‘..the Anti-Christ..’
Well, evidently his fellow ‘mosque mates’ were having none of that shi’ite, as you will see…
Now, on a very serious note…
And when grandma opened her eyes at the end of the prayer.. the girl had vanished.
Hmm.. a 14-year-old little girl in the presence of a bunch of Muslim men…
Well, what could go wrong there?
Or, perhaps the girl just prayed real hard to get out of that hell hole…and He answered her prayer.
Either way, we hope and pray she is safe.
Lord Weidenfeld states; It was the Christians that saved me from the Nazis in 1938 and I want to repay them by saving them from ISIS.
by, Thomas Brooks-Pollock | The Independent | Shiryn Ghermezian | Algemeiner | h/t AINA
A Jewish man in the U.K. is funding the rescue of up to 2,000 Christian families from Islamic State terrorists in Syria and Iraq to show his gratitude for the Christians who saved him from Nazi persecution, The Independent reported on Tuesday.
The resettlement project, named Operation Safe Haven, last week arranged the flight of 150 Syrian Christians to Poland, where they will seek refugee. The group aims to provide 12-18 months of paid support to the refugees, according to The Independent.
The man behind the project is Lord Weidenfeld, 94, a former publisher who said he has “a debt to repay” to Christians because they provided him as a child with food and clothing, and helped him reach Britain after he fled Nazi-occupied Austria. In 1938, a year before the start of World War II, he arrived in Britain by train as part of the Kindertransport rescue effort that brought thousands of Jewish refugee children to the U.K.
“I had a debt to repay. It applies to so many young people who were on the Kindertransports,” he said. “It was Quakers and other Christian denominations who brought those children to England.”
“It was a very high-minded operation and we Jews should also be thankful and do something for the endangered Christians,” he added.
Lord Weidenfeld said he hopes to repeat the work of Sir Nicholas Winton, who organized Kindertransport trains that saved 669 youths from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia. The famed humanitarian died on July 1.
Operation Safe Haven has faced criticism for its exclusion of Muslims, who have also been persecuted and forced from their homes by ISIS.
Lord Weidenfeld defended the project’s focus on Christians saying, “I can’t save the world, but there is a very specific possibility on the Christian side. Let others do what they like for the Muslims.”
Enslaved: 25-year-old ‘Barfo’ (pictured) recalled how one of her ISIS jailers drugged her with morphine and another beat her so badly she could not walk for two months. Photo courtesy of: Daily Mail.
- A mother, 19, ‘submitted’ to her captor when he beat her one-year-old son
- She felt like killing herself but could not do it, fearful of her son’s welfare
- Another woman, 25, beaten so severely she could not walk for two months
- Both sold at vile slave auctions, then passed from one fanatic to another
- They told how ‘European’ fighters also took part in the sick trade
- Hundreds of Yazidi women have been captured, kept as sex slaves by ISIS
And yet, our world leaders do nothing to stop this plague.
by, Owen Holdaway | Daily Mail | h/t Chanah Robinsky
Two Yazidi women have told of the unimaginable cruelty they suffered at the hands of ISIS fighters who kept them as their sex slaves after raiding their homes in Iraq.
One, a 19-year-old mother, says she allowed her first captor who ‘bought her’ to rape her ‘whenever he wanted’ because he would beat her one-year-old baby son if she resisted. Her son was the only thing stopping her from taking her own life. Her second jailer raped an elderly mother and her daughter.
The second woman, 25, was sold again and again to a string of cruel fanatics who tied her to the bed and drugged her with morphine to keep her ‘silent’. She was beaten so badly that she could not walk for two months.
From the relative safety of the Khanke refugee camp in Iraq, they revealed to MailOnline the gruesome reality of being an ISIS prisoner – and the remarkable stories of how they escaped.
ISIS has carried out the ‘systematic sexual crimes’ against girls from the Yazidi community since kidnapping over 200 of them from their homes in northern Iraq last August.
Those considered the ‘most beautiful’ are then sent to horrendous auction houses where they are stripped naked and sold to the highest bidder.
It was the same for a young mother – known simply as Reehan to protect her identity – who told MailOnline how she was abducted from her home in a village north of Sinjar last August.
‘I was with my husband and my son when 30 cars with [ISIS] men drove over near our home,’ said the woman with olive skin and long dark hair as she held her baby boy in her arms.
The Sunni extremists rounded them up and drove them to the town of Tal Afar – around 50 miles away – where the women and children were separated from the men.
Here, Reehan was auctioned off to a 50-year-old Iraqi Turkmen fighter inside a school where she was put on display with around 200 other Yazidi women. She does not know how much the fanatic paid for her slavery.
Her voice trembled with fear as she recounted how the ‘very cruel’ man took her to his home – where she would be locked up for the next 10 months.
At first, she tried to prevent him raping her but when the Turkmen beat her one-year-old son in front of her, she was forced to stop resisting.
‘I agreed to everything that this man wanted for the sake of my son,’ she said clutching her adorable infant child a little bit tighter.
And when she questioned his beliefs, he screamed at her and said that the sexual trade in Yazidi women is permitted ‘according to Islam’.
Those considered the ‘most beautiful’ are then sent to horrendous auction houses where they are stripped naked and sold to the highest bidder
After 10 months of constant abuse and cruelty, she became despondent and numb and let him rape her ‘whenever he wanted’. But she refused to commit suicide because she feared what would happen to her child.
She was later moved to the house of another ISIS fighter in Mosul, Iraq, before being sold for a third time to a Libyan man in the Islamic State’s adopted capital of Raqqa, Syria.
She lived there for around 20 days, in a house with two other Yazidi girls, one aged 22, the other only 15, before an elderly mother and her five-year-old daughter moved in too.
It was here that she saw something so sickening, it convinced her that she had to risk it all and try to flee.
He came into the home and pointed at the mother and her daughter, she recalled.
He then brought them into a room and raped the mother before molesting the daughter.
She finally decided to escape by stealing a hijab and fleeing to a Syrian man’s house – where she telephoned her elderly mother in Dohuk.
After spending a few nights hidden there, the Syrian agreed to help her and her son cross the border but only if she paid him $15,000 – just under £10,000.
Reehan said her mother desperately got the money together with the possible help of a charity, adding: ‘After two days in Raqqa, the [Syrian] man drove us to Fish-Khabur on the Iraqi-Syrian border where I met my mother… I cried.’
She then travelled to Dohuk, where she now lives with her mother and son in the Khanke refugee camp. ISIS is still holding her husband, her father and two sisters captive. She is not hopeful that any of them are still alive.
‘I want to leave Iraq. But, I have nothing, no husband. I have no hope in [this country],’ she said.
You do not have to go far in the overflowing and primitive refugee camp – home to tens of thousands of other homeless Yazidis – to find other harrowing experiences.
Living near 19-year-old Reehan and her son is another Yazidi woman – known simply as Barfo – who also suffered horrific abuse at the hands of ISIS.
The softly spoken 25-year-old woman also recounted her abduction and daily sexual abuse by the cruel fanatics.
She remembers the exact day, August 3, when Islamic State fighters overran her town in Sinjar, kidnapped her and hundreds of other girls, and took them to the same slave auction in Tal Afar.
She too was sold off, but this time to a 35-year-old Iraqi ISIS fighter who then took her to his home in the north-west Iraqi city.
‘When he wanted to touch me. I cried,’ she said.
She tried to resist the man, but was unable to stop him raping her, saying: ‘I tried to fight him but I could not because he was too strong [and] he tied me to the bed and he injected me with morphine to make me silent,’ she recalled.
After one particularly horrific rape by the man, she tried to committee suicide by grabbing his gun and attempting to shoot herself. But the man stopped her from pulling the trigger and ending her misery.
After three more months of constant sexual abuse, she was taken to Mosul where she spent a week in Badush prison.
She too was then moved across the border to Islamic State’s Syrian stronghold of Raqqa where she was sold to a 30-year-old Arabic man.
‘This man forced me to sleep with him and then he would beat me. One time he beat me so badly that I could not walk for two months,’ she recalled.
The man also made her pray six times a day and read the Koran. He would beat her up if she refused.
While in Syria, she was then sold on to at least four different ISIS fighters who used her as their sexual slave. She remembers how she was once thrown in jail for 10 days after strongly resisting abuse by one of them – an Arabic man.
Barfo said: ‘I was sold and put into prison [in Raqqa]. It was underground. I could not see anything.’
And it was not just Middle Eastern men who were abusing the Yazidis. While she was held hostage in a house in Syria, she remembers seeing a man who ‘did not speak Arabic or Kurdish.’
The ‘European’ as she called him, entered the house, with ‘a Yazidi mother and her two kids.’
She does not know exactly what country he was from, but was told, by her fellow Yazidi, that the man had crossed into Syria ‘from the Turkish border.’
Barfo (pictured above) was beaten so badly by one fanatic that she could not walk for two months – and was once thrown in prison for resisting an Arabic fighter. Photo courtesy of: Daily Mail
The woman only managed to escape after a Syrian neighbour of an ISIS fighter took pity on her. He hid her and two other Yazidi girls in his home before driving them around 150 miles west to the town of Afrin.
They stayed there for a few nights before heading to the border where she was finally reunited with her mother and her baby brother.
Although she spent around nine months kidnapped and abused by ISIS, the ordeal is not over for her family.
‘My mother, and my little baby brother are here. But the rest of my family are with ISIS,’ she said, sadness in her voice.
This includes two of her younger sisters, aged 14 and 15, who are being held in Mosul and Raqqa.
Barfo’s eyes almost burst with tears as she said: ‘Two days ago my [14-year-old] sister in Mosul called me crying saying she cannot escape.’
She, like many abused Yazidi women in Khanke refugee camp, want to leave Iraq entirely. But because her father is still missing, it is very difficult for her to get the relevant documents.
‘I want to get my ID and passport to leave this country, but I cannot get an ID as my father is still with ISIS,’ she said.
This is a common problem according to Shaheen Khalaf, who volunteers for a Yazidi aid organisation called Yazda.
He said: ‘Yazidi women held captive by ISIS have so many difficulties after they have been free. They have lost everything, no IDs, no passports…many [of them] want to commit suicide.’
Reehan and Barfo’s heartbreaking accounts reinforce those of many other Yazidi girls who all tell the same tale of slavery, cruelty and sexual abuse.
Only days ago, a 14-year-old Yazidi girl told how she was forced to undergo medical exams to ‘prove’ her virginity before she was sold to ISIS militants in a twisted auction.
Bahar, whose name has been changed to protect her, was sold to four different men over a period of six months.
Her second vile captor promised not to touch her sexually until she had her period but he went back on his word and began raping her daily.
As punishment for fighting back, her captor would whip her on her back, which is now covered in scars. She escaped after her family managed to ‘buy’ her back for $800.
And in May this year, a 17-year-old Yazidi revealed how she and her little sister were raped daily by depraved jihadists after they were sold into slavery at an auction of virgins – and she is now pregnant with the depraved jihadi’s child.
She went on to say every day of her nine-month ordeal was ‘like choosing between death and death’ as she was faced with beatings and sexual assaults by both the ISIS militant and his team of ‘bodyguards’.
The teenager told how she was gang-raped, whipped and even scalded on the thigh with boiling hot water if she didn’t keep with her ISIS rapist’s depraved sexual demands.
Thousands of women and girls from the Yazidi community – an ancient Kurdish ethnic group based in the north of Iraq – have had their lives shattered by ISIS fighters, Amnesty International has said.
It says hundreds, and possibly thousands, have been forced to marry, ‘sold’ or given as ‘gifts’ to Islamic State fighters or their supporters – and many held as sexual slaves are girls younger than 14.
Amnesty’s researcher Donatella Rovera spoke to more than 40 women who were fortunate enough to escape ISIS captivity in Iraq.
She discovered that some of these abused women and girls were so severely and irreparably traumatised that they have been driven to end their own lives.
One of them, nineteen-year-old Jilan, killed herself while being held captive in Mosul because she feared she would be raped.
Her friend, who managed to escape, told Amnesty: ‘One day we were given clothes that looked like dance costumes and were told to bathe and wear those clothes… Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself.
‘She was very beautiful; I think she knew she was going to be taken away by a man and that is why she killed herself.’
The trauma of Yazidi girls who do survive the sexual violence and vicious beatings is further worsened by the stigma surrounding rape.
Survivors feel that their ‘honour’ has been tarnished and fear that their standing in society will be diminished as a result.
Meanwhile, many survivors of sexual violence are still not receiving the full help and support they desperately need, Amnesty says.
It adds: ‘Many survivors are also struggling to cope with the loss of dozens of family members who either remain in captivity or have been killed by ISIS.’
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