With each passing day, there seems to be news out of Syria and Iraq about some new atrocity committed by ISIS (Islamic State in Iraq and Syria) against captives, prisoners, and civilians under their rule. There is the occasional horror story involving a child that filters through as well. But a recent reading in the British Parliament has brought to light an entire catalog of heinous crimes committed against children by ISIS.
The innocent and helpless children of the Levant are the victims in a holy war based on a cherry picked version of 7th century Islam to establish a worldwide Islamic caliphate. Under the iron fist of their Caliph, Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi, a former prisoner of the US military held in Abu Ghraib and Camp Bucca, and a leadership council of several former high-ranking members of Saddam Hussein’s Ba’ath Party, a fanatical army of Islamist terrorists from every corner of the globe is subjecting the children to a nightmare life of rape, beheading, crucifixion, slavery, child marriage, and the barbaric grinding of bodies into meat.
CNSNews.com reported this week that two Members of Parliament (MPs) read into the record of the House of Commons the testimony of two women who witnessed ISIS atrocities first hand. MP Natalie McGarry (Glasgow) read from her own notes that she said she took directly from the testimony of a teen-aged Yazidi girl who called herself Ekhlas. The girl testified on April 19 before Members of Parliament behind closed doors that she was 15 when ISIS militants took her from her home in Iraq in August 2014, raped her, abused her, and kept her captive until she managed to escape during an attack by Kurdish Peshmerga forces.
McGarry read the testimony of Ekhlas to her fellow Parliament members after warning them of the graphic nature of the teen’s words. In her testimony, Ekhlas stated that she had personally witnessed her father and two brothers killed before her eyes before they took away her mother and then raped her and a friend.
“‘They killed the men and they took the girls. Any girls over the age of nine were raped — like me. What does a nine-year-old understand about sex or rape? What did she do to deserve this?'”
Ekhlas said she saw a 9-year-old girl repeatedly raped “with my own eyes” by several men, and then saw her die “because her body could not handle the brutality.” The teen recounted how some of the girls, including children as young as nine, were impregnated.
Possibly, the most horrendous revelation from the Yazidi teen was an act she witnessed with others. “‘We saw a two-year-old boy killed, then ground into meat and fed to his mother who did not know what she was eating.'”
Ekhlas told the MPs how Daesh (a derogatory Arabic term used for ISIS) brainwashed its young captives and forced them to learn the extremists’ religion.
“‘They arm them, and they put them in front of their own parents and demand that they kill them,'” she said. “‘Listen to me. I am begging you. Listen to me, listen to what I am telling. Help us. I beg of you. Listen to me. Help the girls who are still in captivity. Let us all stand hand-in-hand and take a stand. This is a genocide against Christians, Yazidis, the Alidis and others.'”
MP Fiona Bruce (Congleton) stood before the House of Commons as well and recited the testimony of Ekhlas. Bruce also shared the account of another woman called Yvette, who had been flown in from Syria and also testified on the same day in April as Ekhlas. Yvette brought along video footage of interviews conducted with former captives and witnesses to crimes against humanity committed by ISIS.
“She spoke of Christians being killed and tortured, and of children being beheaded in front of their parents,” MP Bruce told her colleagues. “She showed us recent film footage of herself talking with mothers—more than one—who had seen their own children crucified. Another woman had seen 250 children put through a dough kneader and burnt in an oven. The oldest was four years old.”
The dark revelations of barbaric acts committed against children by ISIS might be difficult to fathom, given that it is the inclination of most human beings to ensure that harm never befalls a child. But the harshness of Islamic State acts of war and its unbending draconian civil rule, combined with ISIS’ willingness to videotape and photograph and share those acts, has provided the world with a clear picture of what ISIS is capable of when it comes to dealing with captives and those unable to defend themselves.
The Inquisitr has reported on various cases of prisoners being burned alive for thwarting ISIS’ authority, such as refusing to be sex slaves for the militants or just daring to protest the Islamic State’s policies. Those that have been accused and condemned for spying and/or collaborating with enemy forces have been beheaded, burned, lowered into pools of nitric acid and, most recently, dipped into vats of burning tar.
People aren’t even allowed to leave ISIS territory for fear of death. A family of three, including a 2-year-old girl, was burned alive for trying to escape to a nearby town. And the law is enforced within ISIS’ own forces as well. The Islamic State has sentenced hundreds of their own fighters to death for desertion or simply asking to be allowed to return to their home country. A recently uncovered mass grave of 200 militants bound and gassed in Anbar province is a grim reminder of how ISIS deals with their fighters who sleep on duty, disobey an order, abandon their post or retreat on the battlefield.
So it should be of little surprise that ISIS is capable of the atrocities witnessed by Yvette, Ekhlas, and others. And yet, because of the nature of the acts committed against ones so young, it still shocks the sensibilities. The world is witnessing human behavior at its absolute worst.
Ekhlas, with the help of attorney Jacqueline Isaac, who gathers the testimony of women like Ekhlas to present before world governments, was provided asylum and now lives in Europe. Her words showed the elected leaders of the United Kingdom just how far ISIS will go to expand and protect its caliphate. Her testimony prompted the British House of Commons to vote unanimously on April 20 to declare the actions by ISIS as genocide.
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