Two young Yazidi women have described the unimaginable cruelty and horrific rapes they endured while under the control of their ISIS captors, one of whom reportedly beat a woman's 1-year-old child in front of her until all of his sexual demands were met.
Reehan, 19, and Barfo, 25, last names not included to protect their identities, told their stories to the British MailOnline. Raheen, married with a young son, was abducted from her home in Northwestern Iraq. She was auctioned off to a 50-year-old fighter whom she was able to fend off at first until the man started beating her 1-year-old son. She then said she was forced to give in to all of his demands to save the life of her son.
"I agreed to everything that this man wanted for the sake of my son," she declared. Reehan was subsequently locked up in the man's home for the next 10 months. She further explained that she tried to stop the repeated rapes by appealing to her captor's Islamic beliefs, but he said the sex trade among Yazidi women is permitted "according to Islam." more >>
Close to 240 people, mostly Christians but also Yazidis, have been taken out of the war-torn Syrian city of Aleppo and transported to Belgium where they are expected to be granted asylum, a report has said.
BBC News reported on Wednesday that a Brussels government spokesman, who wasn't named, revealed that the operation took place over two months amid great secrecy.
The families were moved first moved by civil society groups from Aleppo to the Lebanese border, after which they met representatives from the Belgian embassy in Beirut. more >>
The Islamic State terrorist organization executed three journalists in Iraq and Syria this week, of which two were tied to a tree and shot in the head, while one was sentenced to death by a Shariah court after being accused of spying.
The terrorist group released a video on Sunday showing the execution of two media activists in the group's Syrian stronghold of Raqqa, while Iraqi media reported on Monday that ISIS killed a female print journalist in the groups' Iraqi stronghold of Mosul.
According to the International Business Times, Bashar Abdul Atheem and Faisal Hasan al-Habib were both in their early 20s when they were abducted in Raqqa and accused by militants of handing out anti-Shariah leaflets and taking pictures of oil wells in the Raqqa area. more >>
Witnesses are reporting that the Islamic State terrorist organization has "crucified" dozens of men and boys in the streets of the Syrian province of Deir Ezzor who were allegedly caught breaking their fast and eating during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
Eyewitnesses told the Syrian news agency ARA News that eastern Syrian streets are lined with crucified victims who violated the terrorist group's stringent religious requirement for people of all ages living in its territories to fast during the month of Ramadan, which lasts from June 17 through July 17.
"Those who break Ramadan are being crucified on electricity poles in Deir Ezzor," a witness said. "The roads are filled with crucified men who violated the group's strict regulations during Ramadan. There are dozens of victims who remain hanged on electricity poles across the province." more >>
New England Patriots owner Robert Kraft says lives were changed after he sponsored a trip to Israel where Hall of Fame football players were baptized in the Jordan River.
Kraft, 74, paid for the trip called, "Touchdown in Israel: Mission of Excellence" where 19 Hall of Famers were invited to participate in community events, witness the country's latest technological advancements and take part in spiritual rituals.
Persecution watchdog group Open Doors says Christian refugees fleeing ISIS in Iraq and Syria are among the last groups to receive help and necessities for their survival, and is calling on churches and Christian communities throughout the world to step up and provide for their brothers and sisters in Christ.
Open Doors CEO David Curry told The Christian Post in a phone interview on Monday that refugees in northern Iraq and Syria are facing "huge food shortages," with close to 300,000 Christians having limited means by which to pay for food. With millions of people displaced across the region, the group estimates that $20 million will be needed to provide food for the refugees in the next 18 months.
Curry said that one of his biggest concerns is that Christians "will be the last" among the refugees to receive vitally needed help, and called on Christians around the world to partner with them and remind those who are suffering that they are not forgotten. more >>