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Send forces to save women from Daesh

The United States does not have a long-term strategic plan for Iraq and its people, so how can it guarantee the security of women and children...



Published: Sun 14 Jun 2015, 8:58 PM

Last updated: Wed 8 Jul 2015, 2:50 PM

We condemn and watch in silence as Daesh enslave women and traffic them with impunity. They rape, murder and trample on their rights, but there is no effort to free them from the clutches of this mad, murderous group. The United States does not have a long-term strategic plan for Iraq and its people, so how can it guarantee the security of women and children and save them from this horrific ordeal at the hands of Daesh who know no boundaries in their terror campaign?

The UN says Daesh has sold girls for as little as a packet of cigarettes to lure foreign mercenaries and fight for their cause. Let’s admit it, modern slavery in women is thriving in the Middle East, and Daesh is making merry with huge profits from the trade.

Now we know that social activists funded by various pressure groups have been railing against the wrong issues in the wrong places all this while as crimes against women continue to rise right here in Syria and Iraq. There is a cloud of fear hanging over the problem, which civil society as a whole is unwilling to address.

Every once in a while, we report of atrocities against women, express our shock and dismay, then wait for the next tragedy to happen as women disappear from conflict-prone regions across the world. It is not known how many women work as slaves under Daesh. But we do know that they are forced to cook, clean and care for these terrorists. They are subject to frequent sexual assaults and cannot complain because we have lost our voice to speak for them and fight on their behalf.

A recent UN report says the militants continue to abduct women in Iraq and Syria once they take over territory. Women and girls who manage to escape from the clutches of the terrorists are treated as outcastes by their communities and suffer from the traumatic experiences. Others on the run from these rapists and murderers live in fear of retribution from this cult of abuse. In the war against terrorists and their repressive ideology, we have conveniently forgotten the plight of these voiceless women. If the US can send Special Forces to nail select terrorist leaders, why not consider a special global task force to protect and save women from abuse under Daesh.


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