by Michael W. Chapman, CNS News:
As the Islamic State continues its genocide against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities in Syria and Iraq, human rights activist and lawyer Jacqueline Isaac testified at the United Nations about some of the atrocities, including parents in Syria who were shown a video of their kidnapped daughters being raped and tortured by ISIS, and then given the dismembered body parts of their daughters in plastic bags.
Although Isaac, vice president of the humanitarian group Roads of Success, testified on April 28, her remarks – at the United Nations in New York City — about the atrocities against women captured by ISIS were not covered by the national news networks in the United States, according to a search of the Nexis news database.
In March, the British government declared the actions by ISIS as genocide; the U.S. government said the same on April 20.
In her testimony at the U.N., Jacqueline Isaac said, “I stand here today not as a lawyer, but as a fellow human being. I stand with Sanja. I stand with the beautiful, brave, resilient survivors that I spent extensive time with in Iraq – those that saw their parents killed before them and then taken by ISIS and categorized like merchandise based on whether they thought they were beautiful or not, their age, and whether they were virgins. Like merchandise.”
“And as if that were not enough, they were raped, they were tortured, many committed suicide and died,” said Isaac. “And others may have attempted [suicide], but they survived, and they’re standing before us today.”
“They’re crying out and asking, ‘Where are you, world? Where are you, world?’”
“We went to the frontlines [in Iraq] where we were 200 meters away from ISIS,” Isaac testified. “We traveled to the Sinjar Mountain to spend time with survivors.”
“My mother, who’s the president of the organization, just returned from the war-torn part of Syria in Homs [west of the Sinjar Mountains],” said Isaac. “She returned one week ago and testified before the U.K. Parliament. She learned of something very harrowing.”
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