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Saturday, 27 December 2014 07:06

A Plea: Rescue the Youth of North Africa and the Middle East

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Valerie Amos, United Nation's (UN) Undersecretary-General for Humanitarian Affairs reported that "children have been murdered, tortured and subjected to sexual violence" and "children have been killed or publicly executed, crucified, beheaded and stoned to death, particularly by ISIL". 

Likewise, the UN Security Council Briefing on Syria reports: "recently, Kurdish refugees from Kobani reported the capture of young girls as young as twelve by ISIS (also known as ISIL/Daesh) for sexual purposes" together with "reports of early and forced marriage are also on the rise."  Earlier this month, the UN reported that Islamic State had committed a "staggering array" of systematic and widespread human rights abuses and "acts of violence of an increasingly sectarian nature" in Iraq.

According to the BBC and CNN, ISIS brutally beheads and executes men of captured cities and horde hundreds of women and young girls into halls, setting up sex-slave markets. According to an escaped girl's testimony, christians, jews and a minority ethnic group, the Yazidis, are being targeted and reportedly being raped and shared by ISIS soldiers. Whereas, according to Times and Business Insider, Sunni and Shia muslims are also slaughtered by ISIS. ISIS claimed to have executed 1,700 Shia troops and posted videos on the internet showing their gunmen shooting at hundreds of captive men. Churches and religious places are currently being changed into torture chaimbers. Some 1,800 Iraqi Christians that fled from Mosul and surrounding villages are now temporarily sheltering in Jordan, being invited by Jordan's ruler, King Abdullah II. 

We, the Concerned Young People of South Africa, hereby request the UN, EU, AU and US as well as all other countries to take swift action, sending ground forces to re-establish the rights of the youth and of minority groups, and to set up an international court for war crimes committed.  

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