Evidence that women belonging to Christian religious minorities in Iraq are being raped and sold into slavery by the Islamic State (Isis) is mounting, according to media reports. Family members are receiving phone calls from their daughters, wives or sisters saying they were being taken as brides or warned to convert or die.
The issue has been documented by US state department and the UN, but no one from those institutions have spoken publicly about the threat Christian women face in Iraq.
The video below shows the moment when a Christian woman was allegedly beaten and raped by members of ISIS (WARNING: GRAPHIC)
In a rare act of defiance, a brave Iraqi woman tried to bring the issue for public discussion. “Mr Speaker, our women are being taken as slaves and being sold in the slave market,” said Vian Dakheel, the only Yazidi female MP during her address to the Iraqi parliament, despite the speaker telling her to be quiet and stick to the agreed statement.
However, no one else, from any women’s rights groups is calling for solidarity with the Christian women who are facing a genocide.
We must speak out against the killing, the rape and enslavement of Iraq’s minority women. Maybe our voices won’t change the disastrous situation on the ground for now, but it is better than being silent.
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