Taking a stand

British teen pushes UK government to rescue friends from Isis and sexual slavery

A 17-year-old Yazidi woman is urging Britain to take action and help save more than 3,000 women and girls who have been kidnapped by Isis. Desperate for change, Rozin Khalil Hanjool launched an online petition to pressure the UK government into keeping its promise of providing “greater support and protection to survivors of sexual violence, including children.” The promise was made at last year’s Global Summit to End Sexual Violence in Conflict. So far, Hanjool’s persistence has yielded more than 106,000 signatures. Her mission is personal. In 2008, when Hanjool was 10-years old, she moved to England from Iraq. Her family knows at least fifty Yazidi women and girls who have been abducted from their old village, Issia, tortured, raped, and sold as sex slaves, including a now-pregnant 12-year-old. “They’re finding it hard to speak because they’re traumatised,” Hanjool told The Telegraph. As she pleads for provisions and assistance, her old neighbors see her as a beacon. “They’re getting really hopeful that this petition might work and make a difference,” she said. “They say things like, Rozin, are you going to get us out of here?”

Read the full story at The Telegraph.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *