According to a Kurdish activist who works closely with Iraqis displaced by the Islamic State, ISIS militants allegedly forced a 17-year-old Yazidi girl to recite parts of the Quran while she was being raped. And when she refused, she was punished by having boiling water poured on her.
Twenty-three-year-old Delal Sindy, who is from Sweden, has been working as a humanitarian worker in the Kurdish-protected northern Iraq since October 2014. In a Monday Facebook post that has been shared over 13,000 times, Sindy shared the tragic story of one recently escaped Yazidi refugee girl she met named Suzan, who is now 17, and pregnant after being subjected to ISIS' brutal sexual slavery.
According to Sindy's post, Suzan, her 10-year-old sister and mother were originally taken captive by ISIS and transported to a hotel in Mosul called "The Galaxy," which is essentially a sex slave market filled with half-naked women and girls. The last day Suzan and her sister saw their mother was the day they were sold out of the hotel and shipped to Raqqa, Syria. more >>
After the key Iraqi city of Ramadi recently fell to the Islamic State, an influential New York Times best-selling author wrote a blog post describing the heart wrenching experiences that a group of Iraqi mothers went through to escape ISIS, and in doing so, has helped raise over $500,000 in three days that will assist displaced Iraqi children and families.
Ann Voskamp, who published her best-selling book, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are in 2011, travelled to Iraq in March and talked with displaced mothers who are now living out of shipping containers since ISIS has taken over their land.
Voskamp, a 41-year-old Christian, learned about the awful experiences and tough choices those mothers had to make in order to flee from their communities to dodge the wrath of ISIS. more >>
An intense heatwave in India that has broken some temperature records has killed over 1,100 people and counting in the last few days. Poor and homeless people are most vulnerable to the sweltering conditions, while the nation reportedly recorded its highest maximum temperature at 117 degrees Fahrenheit at Titlagarh in the state of Odisha on Monday.
CNN reported that 884 of the deaths were recorded in the state of Andhra Pradesh, with another 226 people confirmed dead in Telangana. The millions of homeless people in India are the most vulnerable, as they must often stay outside and face the heat, with nowhere else to go.
TIME Magazine said that deaths have also been reported in the eastern states of Odisha and West Bengal, and in Gujarat on the country's western coast. It added that local newspapers and Twitter users have been posting images of 113°F temperatures in the capital of New Delhi melting some of the city's asphalt roads. more >>
At least three people are reported to have died in record-setting rainfalls and flooding in parts of Texas and Oklahoma on Saturday and Sunday, with 2,000 people forced to evacuate. The flooding caused major damage and destroyed hundreds of homes, reports said.
Fox News reported on Monday morning that two people were confirmed dead in Oklahoma, including a firefighter who was swept to his death, and a woman in Tulsa who died as a result of a traffic-related crash. The body of a third man was recovered from the Blanko River, officials said, while several people are also believed to be missing.
"They haven't seen flooding like this for probably a good decade, probably more like 25 years, even longer, on some of these rivers," said Kurt Van Speybroeck, a NWS meteorologist based in Fort Worth, Texas, according to Reuters. more >>
Hundreds of former Marine and military veterans have been spared from the growing suicide and divorce rates among combat veterans who suffer from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder because a professional MMA fighter's faith-based retreat taught them that their disorder is no match for God's "blueprint" for their life.
Former MMA fighter Chad Robichaux, who did eight tours of duty as a Marine in Afghanistan and has a career 19-2 record in professional matches, was on the verge of losing his wife and family due to his inability to cope with the struggles of PTSD upon his return home from combat.
Although he was back from war, the only thing he wanted to do was go back to Afghanistan and fight. That was until he started making money fighting in various professional and televised mixed martial arts circuits. Although Robichaux used MMA as physical outlet to "heal" the symptoms of PTSD, the sport was not "curing" the root cause of his issue. more >>
A California-based Christian youth charity is seeking to build 25 homes for the poor in Mexico over the span of only two days.
Known as "Homes of Hope," the San Diego chapter of Youth With a Mission's project, will focus on building 25 homes in Mexico during Memorial Day weekend.
Sean Lambert, founder and president of YWAM/San Diego, told The Christian Post that the largest number of houses his charity has ever built in two days before this project was 13. more >>