But it's more important to talk about wedding cakes, right folks?
Of all the tragic accounts Sindy has encountered, the case of a 17-year-old Kurdish Yezidi girl we’ll call Suzan has drawn the most online interest. A Facebook post about Suzan’s experience has earned over 10,000 shares.
Suzan’s story is more than just a heart-breaking story of cruelty, slavery and sexual abuse. It also underscores the social stigma that follows some of the abused women for the rest of their lives.
Suzan was held captive by an ISIS militant known as Al-Russiyah. He kept several women as sex slaves until he was killed alongside his bodyguards by Peshmerga forces nearby Shingal.
“He lined the three of us up naked every morning. He would then choose who he wanted for the day,” said Suzan, who added that the extremist would smell each of the young women.
After the leader made his pick, the bodyguards would select from the remaining women for themselves.
“They were terrible. They beat me and would come at least two together,” she said.
In fact, Suzan wished to end up with Al-Russiyah because he didn’t hit the women as the others did.
“It was like choosing between death and death,” she said.
Prior to being sold to Al-Russiyah, Suzan was held in a hotel in Mosul called Galaxy. She described a building full of women and girls, all half naked or semi-naked.
“The day me and my 10-year-old sister were sold was the last day I saw my mother. I will never forget when she started crying and pulling her hair when they took us.”
She was later transferred to the ISIS stronghold in Syria, Raqqa, where there she and dozens of other women were examined to determine whether they were virgins.
“The virgins were taken to a room with 30-40 men. They lined us up and pointed who they wanted,” she said.
“I thought I might be lucky, I was not as beautiful as the others”
Soon, however, she was bought by a man from Chechnya who purchased her and two other girls in a matter of 10 minutes.
Suzan gave horrific accounts of daily rapes by the man’s bodyguards.
“They forced me to say things from the Quran during the time they did their actions, and if I didn’t they whipped me.”
On an occasion Suzan resisted, they burned her thigh with boiling water.
“They took us to one of the villages near Shingal. [Al-Russiyah] and his bodyguards were wounded when they fought against Kurdish soldiers. He died immediately and the guards also. That was when we fled.”
Some girls who ran back to ISIS because they were afraid. As Suzan said, “another girl who tried to escaped had her legs cut off.”
Suzan’s resistance led her to safety after three days.
“I do not understand why I escaped. I have nothing left. I wish they had killed me instead.” (Continue Reading.)
I just reached out to Delal Sindy, actually wasn't hard at all, and I asked her how we can help. I told her my family and I would be willing bring Suzan into our home but i'm not sure what it would take to get her state side
I plead with Muslim believers to realize that they cannot protest this evil, as I know many sincerely do, while defending the same sources that enable and empower it.
I know that you will say "this is not Islam and these are not (true) Muslims". I know that you will say "the prophet never permitted such things", but you are wrong, for he not only permitted violence and abuse, he at times committed it himself. It is there for everyone to read.
You will say that these people have misinterpreted the Qur'an, or that they are uneducated, but I suspect that many of you know in your heart that neither of these things are true. God is love and it is by our commitment to actively love that we know we are His followers. Throughout history, the billions of followers of Allah have demonstrated their commitment as followers through acts of violence. What does this tell you?
I know that most Muslims are disgusted by these occurrences, but being disgusted does not stop this suffering. The fact that the global Muslim community is more concerned in defending Islam, than taking steps to protect these young women and children, both Muslim and non-Muslim, reveals more than any theological argument can reveal.
If after reading this article your thoughts turn to defending your religion rather than actively working to stop this happening, then you should be asking yourself "what is the good of my religion?"
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