Hundreds of Christian women were reportedly captured from a city in Northern Iraq last week by Islamic State in Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militants, who planned to sell them as sex slaves.
Thousands of Yazidis and Christians have had to flee northern Iraq recently to avoid attacks by ISIS militants, who have killed or captured hundreds of members of the ethnic and religious minorities, according to Reuters.
ISIS members reportedly took over the nation’s largest Christian city last week – Qaraqosh, according to The Christian Post.
"Elements of ISIS kidnapped women from the Yezidis and Christian as (war slaves), and subjected them to be sold," said a spokesman for the Red Crescent, Mohammad Khuzai.
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At the start of this week, hundreds of Yazidis in Sinjar were reportedly killed and some were buried alive for not converting to Islam.
Yazidi women were also abducted as slaves, and some officials are worried they will be transferred to other nations soon.
"She said she is going to be sold as a slave this afternoon, for $10," one man told The Guardian of his daughter.
ISIS militants’ actions have worried the international community, with recent developments putting even more pressure on leaders to take further military action to stop the Islamic State.
"France is highly concerned about the latest progress of ISIS in the North of Iraq and by the taking of Qaraqosh, the largest Christian city of Iraq, and the horrible acts of violence that are committed," said French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius, according to CNN. Several nearby Christian towns were also attacked by ISIS militants.
On Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki Moon asked for Iraqi leaders to form a new stable government that could counter ISIS and retake control over the country.
"The Secretary-General remains deeply concerned about the evolving humanitarian and security situation in Iraq,” reads a statement from Ban Ki-Moon's spokesman. “The United Nations and the international community are also closely watching political developments in the country."
Iraq's human rights minister, Mohammed Shia al-Sudani, told Reuters that he thinks the international community must take further action against ISIS to stop them from committing further human rights abuses.
"The international community should submit to the fact that the atrocities of the Islamic State will not stop in Iraq and could be repeated somewhere else," Sudani said. "It’s now the responsibility of the international community to take a firm stand against the Islamic State to reach a consensus on a legitimate decision to start the war on Islamic State to stop genocides and atrocities against civilians."
Source: christianpost.com, Reuters, Photo Credit: Reuters/Ralph Orlowski