"Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake,
For theirs is the kingdom of heaven."
We noticed a story about this GoFundMe campaign hidden in the corner of Breitbart London; it deserves A LOT more publicity:
Months ago, ISIS took over the town of Mosul, Iraq. Christians, Yazidis and other religious minorities were driven out of their homes by fear. ISIS systematically killed men, women and children without pity.Learn more and donate here.
Many of the women and young girls are being held hostage for enslavement and sexual purposes. In captivity, they also suffer from malnutrition and physical abuse causing their overall health to deteriorate at an alarming rate. They are held in the worst conditions, often forced to sleep in cages. The women and children are then sold like cattle in markets as sex slaves to ISIS fighters and militants.
Some of these children are as young as 8 years old. Not only are they at the mercy of the fighters, but also of the men still residing in Mosul; men of various ages, in some cases over 60 years of age. The rapes, abuse, and brutality they suffer at the hands of their captors are beyond imagination.
There are many reports of owners that have decapitated innocent children and women because they refused to perform certain sexual acts. Those who comply are repeatedly beaten and serve as sex slaves to their owners, as well as their friends and guests, hardly ever limited to one predator at a time.
Many young adolescents are sold to brothels, where they are raped 30 to 40 times a day by ISIS fighters. The U.N reports that ISIS militants have forced overly abused sex slaves to undergo virginity restoration surgery, up to 20 times after being raped and sold. This type of female genital mutilation is gaining popularity as these young girls may command premium prices on the market.
While we sit in the comfort of our homes, young children and women are being used as commodities, being raped and beaten at the mercy of ISIS. We hear about decapitations, about the gruesome murders, about the innumerable rapes, yet, we feel so far removed from it as it seems so far from OUR reality, as if it is stemming from a horror movie. THIS IS THE REALITY that they are facing in the world WE live in. What if someone had told Oscar Schindler that what he tried to do in the time of the Holocaust was incomprehensible and impossible? Nothing is impossible. The price of a child's life to remove them from the hands of ISIS is between $1000-$3000. We, as avid consumers, spend that money on gadgets and tools. Why not spend that money to SAVE A LIFE? It is thanks to highly placed contacts in Iraq that we were able to put in place a structure to liberate and assist the freed Christian and Yazidi women and children. We are able to say with assurance that the mission was very successful. In the short period of time since January 2015. In not even a year, CYCI has been able to release 102 women and children, bringing them to safety, and giving them a chance at a life that is worth living. They were escorted to a secure location in Northern Iraq where short-term shelter, food, and medical care was provided. Assistance was then offered to help them relocate and rebuild their lives. Our highly reputable referrals are authentic and if you wish to ask a question, do not hesitate to e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A prompt answer will be given. With your continued help and support, we will be able to continue liberating more women and children than we already have, removing them from this living hell. YOU can make a difference.
Unfortunately, there are thousands left in this situation. I cannot turn away from all the others after such positive results.
[Author's Note: Emphasis added.]