A Yazidi sex slave who was raped three times a day for over 16 month by various Islamic State fighters detailed in a recent interview how she was bought and sold by eight different jihadis and how the group sold off over 800 Yazidi girls inside a Raqqa "meat market."
In an interview with The Daily Mail, 20-year-old Khalida, who was captured by the militant group in Iraq in August 2014, explained how she and her family were attempting to escape from the wrath of IS (also known as ISIS or ISIL) when a Muslim neighbor outed them as un-believers when they were stopped at a checkpoint.
After being outed by the neighbor, IS rounded up all 36 Yazidis in the group and separated them by gender. IS then separated the females into married and unmarried groups, Khalida said. more >>
Local church officials in South Sudan have confirmed a recently released United Nations report describing the horrors of the country's civil war, including mass rapes, children and the disabled being burned alive, hanged, or cut to pieces.
"The U.N. report is definitely reliable," the church sources, who weren't named, told Fides News Agency.
"We saw members of the inquiry committee do a thorough job on the ground until the end of January, meeting and interviewing local witnesses. The systematic use of mass rape to humiliate the opponent is terribly real and widespread," they added. more >>
Islamic State militants have been raping girls as young as 8 and 9-years-old in packed halls full of victims, details from an anti-extremist report reveals.
The revelations came from a detailed 100-page report by the Quilliam Foundation, based on six months of research into the practices and abuses being carried out by IS.
"One woman described how she was raped in Mosul and that she heard the screams of girls who had been taken from the main hall where she and other women were being kept, to a small adjacent room. She recounted how she saw an IS man point a gun at a young girl who had been resisting," the report states in part. more >>
The Islamic State freed 43 Assyrian Christian hostages in northeastern Syria on Monday, human rights groups have confirmed.
The captives are the last of over 200 Christians to be released after their kidnapping last February from villages near Tal Tamr.
According to Newsweek, the terrorist group freed the captives after receiving ransoms of $100,000 per person. While the ransoms were agreed upon in the IS stronghold of Raqqa, it remains unclear where the hostage exchange took place. more >>
During his visit to Mexico, Pope Francis condemned the country's drug trade and government corruption that has led to hundreds of thousands of murders and missing persons cases.
The pope made his comments on Saturday while speaking to the country's bishops at the Metropolitan Cathedral in Mexico City, urging religious leaders to take a more pro-active stance in fighting the drug trade and warning of "the temptation of aloofness and clericalism."
The country's Catholic Church has also received criticism in the past for turning a blind eye to government corruption and drug-related violence. more >>
A 21-year-old Iraqi woman whose family was massacred by the Islamic State terror group while she was kept as a sex slave before managing to escape, has testified about the horrific torture and abuse militants are inflicting on women and young girls.
Nadia Murad shared her story during a visit to London, where she revealed how IS fighters killed six of her brothers and her mother in Northern Iraq, according to The Mirror on Sunday. Murad herself was taken in as a sex slave, one of close to 5,000 Yazidi girls and women the terror group has kidnapped.
The sex slave survivor said that some of the things Islamic radicals are making women go through are "more difficult than death." more >>