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ISIS to Yazidi Girls: ‘Once We Rape You, You Will Be Muslim’

Michael W. Chapman
By Michael W. Chapman | September 7, 2016 | 5:03 PM EDT

Nihad Alawsi, 16, a Yazidi teenager

who was kidnapped and sold into

sex-slavery by the Islamic State. She

escaped after 15 months in

captivity. (Screenshot, NRT News)

The Islamic State wants to torture and destroy the Yazidi people, wipe "them off the face of the Earth," said lawyer and humanitarian Jacqueline Isaac, who added that the jihadists try to force Yazidi girls to convert to Islam and, if they refuse, tell them this is pointless because once they rape them, which they do, they become Muslim.

"[I]t is a philosophy to destroy them and to torture them," said Isaac in testimony before the House Foreign Affairs Committee in May 2015 -- testimony that was not covered by the major U.S. news networks ABC, CBS and NBC, according to a search of the Nexis news database. 

"With the girls particularly that I met, they in one night – because they felt safe in Sinjar town [in Iraq] – one night ISIS came and took all of these girls," said Isaac. "They told them first, they gave them an option: Will you become a Muslim? Will you convert to Islam? Many of them said ‘no.’"

"And they told them, ‘You are going to be Muslim regardless because we are going to sleep with you,'" said Isaac.  "'And the moment we do that, once we rape you, you will be Muslim.’"

Isaac, vice president of the humanitarian group Roads of Success, traveled to Iraq and Syria and met with many of the victims of the Islamic State, particularly Yazidi women and girls who had been sold into sex-slavery by the Islamists and who later managed to escape.   

At the hearing, Chariman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) asked Isaac, “How extensively has ISIS been involved in what we here call sex trafficking, or slavery frankly, particularly the kidnapping and sale of women and girls from these overrun communities? Has it been an outcome of lawlessness or is it part of a more deliberate ISIS policy to destroy and to subjugate those who do not share their fanaticism?”

Isaac said,  “Looking at the ISIS philosophy, they believe that the Yazidi people in particular are not only to be tortured but they are to be destroyed in every single way possible. They want them off the face of this Earth."

“So, it is a philosophy to destroy them and to torture them," she said. "With the girls particularly that I met, they in one night – because they felt safe in Sinjar town – one night ISIS came and took all of these girls. They told them first, they gave them an option: Will you become a Muslim? Will you convert to Islam? Many of them said ‘no.’ And they told them, ‘You are going to be Muslim regardless because we are going to sleep with you. And the moment we do that, once we rape you, you will be Muslim.’ Many of these girls who chose not to be, still were raped and came back believing that they were forced into this religion.  This is barbaric. It is systematic."

A Yazidi woman. (AP) 

"Today, it starts with the Yazidis," Isaac continued.  "Tomorrow, it’s going to be not only the Christians but every woman that doesn’t fit into their philosophy. We need to stop the menace that’s going on there. We need to stop it at its route. This is the nerve center. Right now, all the crazies from all over the world are coming to this center point, to this nerve center. If we can cut the snake at its head, we can defuse them."

"Their sex trafficking is systematic and it will continue," she said. 

Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman
Michael W. Chapman