Pray for ISIS Sex-slavery Victims in Syria and Iraq

ISIS victims

By Pastor Glem Melo

Last week, Zainab Bangura, a UN official who traveled to five countries and interviewed dozens of women and girls who survived Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) captivity, gave horrowing reports of sexual violence against women and girls, as young as nine. The worst was on “one who had been temporarily married over 20 times, after each occasion forced to undergo surgery to repair her virginity.” She said,

“Girls are literally being stripped naked and examined in slave bazaars… categorized and shipped naked off to Raqqa or Mosul or other locations to be distributed among ISIL leadership and fighters.”

isis victims 2An hour ago, I read a deeply moving blogpostfrom full-time wife and mother-of-six Ann Voskamp. She wrote,

“Nine-year-old Yezidi and Christian girls can show up in headlines: Impregnated. Held, taken, violated and discarded. Sides round and swollen. Sent back to shame their communities. Pregnant little girls with dolls still in their hands.”

I don’t know what else to say or do, except to pray, write this post and ask you to pray, too.

“How can one plumb the depth of this evil? It tears at every corner of the heart. You can’t plumb this depth …just like so much relentless evil in this world… but we can pray! We can stand and cry out for God’s truth and justice to prevail! And we can administer the greatest balm for this unbearable pain—Christ’s love!” – Ian Wildeboer, a missionary in Papua New Guinea

About Glem Melo

I am a believer and follower of Christ, married, and have 3 wonderful kids. I am the founder and President of Open Eyes Mission (ministering as New Hope Global in the U.S.); a church planter among Muslims, Hindus, and other unreached people groups in the U.S.; and studying Doctor of Ministry at Trinity International University / Trinity Evangelical Divinity School. The Bible teaches that God is real, man is sinful, hell is real, and Jesus is our only hope of salvation. I believe these truths with all of my heart, and I hope to help others learn of them as well. "For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life." (John 3:16) May God give you grace and peace. Glem Melo
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