Islamic State slave trade highlights broader problem in Muslim world

Iraqi Yazidi refugees who fled Islamic State terrorists are pictured at the Newroz camp in northeastern Syria in August 2014. Credit: Rachel Unkovic/International Rescue Committee.

Every evening, silence reigns in the Khanke refugee camp near the Kurdish city of Dohuk in northern Iraq. Winter has already arrived, bringing with it rain, mud, and cold.

A fire has been lit for warmth, but the flame is potentially dangerous. A Yazidi family is crowded into each tent. The tents afford no protection from the rain, and if any of the structures catch fire, they can turn into death traps. About 60,000 Yazidis live in this camp. Last summer, they managed to survive and escape from Mount Sinjar, which was taken over by the Islamic State terror group. Every person at the camp knows someone who was either killed or wounded, or is currently missing. Every refugee has a sister, wife, or daughter who was kidnapped and raped…

The Muslim world looks on in silence—almost no condemnations are heard, perhaps because some of the norms of the Islamic caliphate established by Islamic State leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi are customary in other places in the Middle East…

…But is the ignorance of the Yazidis’ plight a result of the Arab world being distracted by other problems, or more the fact that Arab Muslims simply do not see most of Islamic State’s crimes—specifically against Yazidi women—as criminal acts?

Islamic State merely does openly what others do in secret. Black jeeps with license plates from the Persian Gulf states arrive every day at the Zaatari refugee camp in Jordan, in which roughly 18,000 Syrian refugees are crowded together. Inside the jeeps are wealthy men from Jordan and the Gulf states who are looking for wives…

  • BillyHW

    If only the terrorists of ISIS understood true Islam like Pope Francis does.

    • Exile1981

      or Obama