‘ISIS brides like Shamima Begum are guilty of genocide’
Sunday, March 03, 2019
BCF : Since Shamima Begum was discovered by The Times in a Syrian refugee camp, debate has raged about how to deal with returning ISIS militants and their wives. Few have suffered more at the hands of ISIS than the Yazidis. Hundreds of thousands of Yazidis were displaced, thousands were kidnapped, sold into sex slavery and massacred.
Pari Ibrahim of the Free Yezidi Foundation is fighting to bring those responsible to justice. She told spiked about the plight of her people and why the ISIS brides were no innocent bystanders. spiked: What do you make of the Western response to ISIS brides like Shamima Begum?
Pari Ibrahim: I lost 19 girls from my family – two
of them came back but 17 are still missing. Of the men, 21 members of my
family have been murdered by ISIS. Or, we assume they have been
murdered because they are still missing.
So from a Yazidi perspective, the sympathy that we have seen for
these ISIS brides is terrible. The world needs to know about the Yazidi
women who have suffered at the hands of these women. Instead of that,
the ISIS wives are invited on TV. They say that they are innocent or
that they were young and didn’t understand what they were doing.
this is ridiculous. We know from the Yazidi women who have escaped ISIS
that these brides have committed serious crimes. They are participants
in genocide. ISIS’s genocidal campaign against the Yazidi community started in
Sinjar in August 2014. They killed men and older women.
women and children. Young children were brainwashed to become child
soldiers and suicide bombers for ISIS. Women and girls were sold as sex
slaves in markets in Iraq and Syria. Yazidi girls that escaped have told
me that the ISIS brides would lock them up and beat them. They would
shower the girls, put them in nice clothes and put makeup on their faces
to get them ready to be raped.
spiked: How should the ISIS brides be brought to justice?
Ibrahim: Personally, as a Yazidi (and all the Yazidis I speak to think this), I think they should all get the death penalty.