For children half a world away, the nightmares don’t stop.
Five-year-old Shadi and his older sister and brother are among thousands of children who have seen more terrors than most of us combined in their short lifetime; children sold as sexual slaves, suicide bombings, blood, guts and gore, forced torture and mutilation.
But most of all, they’ve stared death in the eye.
“Deflowered slave for sale, age 13,” one ad in an online jihadi marketplace reads. “Body: slim, tall. Price: $9,000.”
For the children of Islamic State-controlled territories in Iraq and Syria, this is their reality. Their nightmare. Every. Single. Day.
“One day Shadi held a knife to our little sister’s throat,” Shadi’s older sister, Hadya, explains in a confronting episode of Dateline, which airs tonight.
“He would have cut her ear off if my mother hadn’t stopped him. He said, “I’ll cut her throat, she’s mine”.
Robert Spencer on the incompatible culture that is Islam:
The seizure of Infidel girls and their use as sex slaves is sanctioned in the Qur’an. According to Islamic law, Muslim men can take “captives of the right hand”. The Qur’an says: “O Prophet! Lo! We have made lawful unto thee thy wives unto whom thou hast paid their dowries, and those whom thy right hand possesseth of those whom Allah hath given thee as spoils of war”. 4:3 and 4:24 extend this privilege to Muslim men in general. The Qur’an says that a man may have sex with his wives and with these slave girls …
The rape of captive women is also sanctioned in Islamic tradition …
It is also in Islamic law: “When a child or a woman is taken captive, they become slaves by the fact of capture, and the woman’s previous marriage is immediately annulled.” …
The Egyptian Sheikh Abu-Ishaq al-Huwayni declared in May 2011 that “we are in the era of jihad,” and that meant Muslims would take slaves. …
Around the same time, on May 25, 2011, a female Kuwaiti politician, Salwa al-Mutairi, also spoke out in favor of the Islamic practice of sexual slavery of non-Muslim women, emphasizing that the practice accorded with Islamic law and the parameters of Islamic morality.
hat-tip Stephen Neil