As ISIS prepares to destroy another priceless ancient city, it is adding to its atrocities in the rape and enslavement of Yazidi and Christian girls and women in Iraq. Various news sites are reporting that the Islamic militants are celebrating the holy month of Ramadan by holding a contest to memorize the Koran. The top three prizes are girl slaves or “sibyl.”
The fundamentalist Sunni group follows the Koran literally and thus believes that Muslim men have the right to female slaves. The announcement was made on Twitter and lists money prizes for those not receiving female slaves. It tells competitors to come to one of four mosques including the “Mosques of Abu Bakr el-Sadiq, The Mosque of Osama Bin Laden, The Mosque of Abu Musab el-Zarqawi or The Mosque of el-Taqwa, and listed prizes, including “slave girls” and Syrian currency amounting to $500 and less. It concludes with “We ask the great lord to make your life easier and to grant you with what he loves and what pleases him.”
In any other war, such stories would be dismissed as wildly manufactured and untrue. However, ISIS appears intent on shocking the world and conveying that it will not yield to international criticism in its creation of its view of a pure Islamic state. The enslavement and rape of Christian and Yazidi girls is well-documented. Indeed, ISIS has published price guidelines for such captives with women 40 and 50 years old sold for just $40, girls between 10 and 20 years old auctioned for $129 each, and children under 10 commanding higher prices. A United Nation envoy has documented girls and women being traded for as little as a pack of cigarettes as they are passed around ISIS fighters as war prizes.