Terror group ISIS is using rape a weapon of war on such a scale never seen before.
According to media reports, Hollywood actress Angelina Jolie has warned on Tuesday September 8 that “Islamic State was using rape as a weapon of war on a scale never seen before.” She called for enhanced action against the perpetrators.
“The most aggressive terrorist group in the world today is using rape as a centre point of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families,” she said while addressing a British parliamentary committee.
She detailed about many girls she met with in war zones who had been raped. One of the girls who shared the horrors of their ordeals was a 13-year-old Iraqi girl whom she said was raped repeatedly along with her friends and later sold for £26.
“This is beyond something we have seen before,” she exclaimed. “They are saying: ‘You should do this, this is the way to build a society, we ask you to rape.’ We really have to have a very strong response at this time to this particular group.”
Angelina Jolie who is an acclaimed Oscar-winning actress joined hands with former British foreign secretary William Hague in 2012 and instigated a programme to avert sexual violence in conflict struck zones in the world.
Previously, in 2013, Angelina Jolie and William Hague aired a declaration undertaking to hunt those responsible and provide justice and safety for victimized women. This declaration was signed by more than 150 nations.
At the same time, she is also serving as a special envoy of the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) along with vigorously campaigning against the use of sexual violence in conflict. She said Islamic State was using rape as a “policy” and urged a “very strong response”.
Reports by United Nations and several other Human rights groups nod in acclamation to Angelina Jolie’s portrayal of thousands of women and girls being abducted raped and sold into sexual slavery by Islamic State since the militant group declared a caliphate across swathes of Syria and Iraq.