Speaking at the United Nations headquarters in New York City, human rights activist and lawyer Jacqueline Isaac testified on April 28 about the atrocities being committed by the Islamic State (ISIS) including girls being raped, tortured and then dismembered with their body parts placed in bags—and then sending videos of these to their parents in Syria.
It took five months for the news to come out with CNS News reporting the story on Isaac’s U.N. testimony on Sept. 1.
Isaac, vice president of the humanitarian group Roads of Success, has been helping minorities and women across the Middle East for over a decade.
She began her testimony by saying that she is not speaking as a lawyer or an activist but as a “fellow human being.”
“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 categorised like merchandise based on whether they thought they were beautiful or not, their age, and whether they were virgins. Like merchandise,” Isaac said.
“And as if that were not enough, they were raped, they were tortured, many committed suicide and died,” she continued. “And others may have attempted [suicide], but they survived, and they’re standing before us today.”
She added that the victims are crying out and asking, “Where are you, world? Where are you, world?”
Isaac said her team went to the frontlines in an area in Iraq that was 200 metres away from ISIS. “We traveled to the Sinjar Mountain to spend time with survivors,” she said.
“My mother, who’s the president of the organisation, just returned from the war-torn part of Syria in Homs,” which lies west of the Sinjar Mountains and the home of the second largest Christian population in Syria. Most of these Christians are members of the Eastern Orthodox Church of Antioch.
Isaac said her mother also testified before the U.K. Parliament in April. “She learned of something very harrowing. Parents, like many of you today, had children but these children were in captivity. They got a knock on their door. They opened that door and they found plastic, black bags,” Isaac said.
“The bags had the body parts of their daughters. The body parts of their daughters. And a video! A video of their daughters being raped and tortured.
“Their parents, their parents are just like us. They’re parents, they’re mothers, they’re fathers. These are not numbers. They are not numbers. They are just like us. But they’re living in an unfortunate part of the world. I promised that I would not leave without sharing their voices before the entire world. Not just to hear the stories, but to act. This is a call for action. We need to stand with our fellow brothers and our fellow sisters,” she exhorted her audience.
Source: /Christian Today