"We are defending ourselves from the evil. We are defending all the minorities in the region. We will do whatever is asked of us.”
You might not know this, but there are thousands of women and men being held captive by the terrorist organization Daesh. In fact, a large percent of those are from the Yazidi community. According to the United Nations, approximately 3,500 are still being held against their will, and most are young women and girls.
In 2014, reports Alalam, an attack against the Yazidi community resulted in about 5,000 men, women, and children being taken captive. Since then, about 2,000 have survived – but all with gruesome tales to relay about the experience.
From rape and abuse to witnessing their loved ones being massacred in front of their eyes, the escaped survivors are not only pissed, they’re ready to take out the bad guys responsible for so much hurt.
The surviving women – who call themselves the ‘Force of the Sun Ladies’ – have taken up arms in the quest for revenge but also to preserve the future of their race.
It was the women’s collective desire for vengeance that inspired them to form an all-female battalion. Now, they preparing for an offensive on the ISIS stronghold of Mosul where many of the women were exchanged by militants to serve as sex slaves.
Capt Khatoon Khider, a member of the all-female battalion, told the media:
“Whenever a war wages, our women end up as the victims.
Women were throwing their children from the mountains and then jumping themselves because it was a faster way to die. Our hands were all tied. We couldn’t do anything about it.
Now we are defending ourselves from the evil. We are defending all the minorities in the region. We will do whatever is asked of us.”
Khider is one of 100 Yazidi women who have trained with the Kurdish Peshmerga forces. Another 500 are waiting to follow suit.
“Our elite force is a model for other women in the region,” Khider said. “We want to thank all the other countries who help us in this difficult time, we want everyone to take up weapons and know how to protect themselves from the evil.”
According to multiple sources, ISIS considers the Yazidi to be devil worshippers, even though their ancient faith is a blend of Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Islam.
In its English propaganda publication, the terrorist organization tried to justify its barbarity by saying it is “Islamic” to capture and forcibly make “infidel” women sexual slaves.
If the brave activists are successful in their mission, they will help thousands of innocent civilians escape the most terrifying of experiences.
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