As you read this, scores of innocent girls—from the jungle villages of northern Nigeria to the desert camps of Syria—will be kidnapped, enslaved, and slaughtered by the Islamic terror groups Boko Haram and ISIS.
The horror they face is unimaginable. Since their childhood has been stolen at the hands of a diabolical regime, they could rightly be considered the “Anne Franks of today,” a point Mark Levin made earlier this year. Reports of these girls’ sufferings require us to ask: Have we forgotten history?
The story of Anne Frank — required reading for many of us in school — is both poised and gripping. Her entries are witty and philosophical, while simultaneously transporting us to the claustrophobic attic in Amsterdam and the horrors of Auschwitz. Anne’s fate and the Nazi tyranny are considered distant terrors of a barbaric regime; unimaginable nightmares in our comfortable 21st century. Sadly, the latest dispatches from Iraq and Nigeria provide equally chilling accounts of savage oppression, particularly that of young captive girls.
The Washington Post recently reported that young women and girls in Iraq and Syria are enslaved and auctioned as personal sex slaves to fulfill every vile desire of ISIS’s diabolical thugs. Many of the women are captives of the Yazidis — a Northern Iraqi sect, considered apostate and un-Islamic — and thus fair game to a regime that considers women as merely goods to barter.
A firsthand account describes the abominable process:
After attacking a village, [the Islamic State] splits women from men and executes boys and men aged 14 and over. The women and mothers are separated. Girls are stripped naked, tested for virginity and examined for breast size and prettiness. The youngest and those considered the prettiest virgins fetch higher prices and are sent to Raqqa, the IS stronghold.
There is a hierarchy: sheikhs get first choice, then emirs, then fighters. They often take three or four girls each and keep them for a month or so, until they grow tired of a girl, when she goes back to market. At slave auctions, buyers haggle fiercely, driving down prices by disparaging girls as flat-chested or unattractive.
We heard about one girl who was traded 22 times, and another who had escaped told us that the sheikh who had captured her wrote his name on the back of her hand to show that she was his “property.”
To resist the lust of one’s captor(s) earns certain death, a fate not unlike Sts. Cecilia or Agnes. Additional reports tell of another young girl who was burned alive for refusing an extreme sex act demanded by her “owner.”
In Nigeria, young girls — Christian and Muslim alike — fare no better under the savagery of Boko Haram. After being enslaved, tortured, and passed around as sex slaves, many are executed or forced to carry out suicide attacks.
In our own country, we can only feel embarrassed for the zealous peddlers of the “War on Women” narrative, who are quick to mobilize and viciously attack the groups like The Little Sisters of the Poor while real villains rape and slaughter at will.
One can only wonder why ISIS’ butchers are not subjected to the shrill rebukes or media attacks waged on conscientious objectors to taxpayer-funded abortion.
It is unconscionable to remain willfully ignorant and silent while these Yazidi and Nigerian girls suffer. Not only are they victims of the authentic war on women, but they are also victims of a war on innocence and humanity itself.
Our study of history is invaluable for understanding the present. While genocides of the last century are the subject of countless books, documentaries, and lectures, we must and cannot ignore the history being made in front of our eyes. We know from history that cruelty can be defeated.
How do we help put a stop to the Islamic enslavement, torture, and sexual abuse of these young Yazidi and Nigerian women?