Iraq’s abduction industry does not spare young women and girls.
Despite being released, some are unable to cope with the
violence they experienced and kill themselves. In Mosul a Syrian
Orthodox priest is kidnapped.
Baghdad (AsiaNews) –
Young Christian women and girls have been abducted and released
after ransom money was paid only to commit suicide because of
the shock, violence and shame they experienced. This is
happening in Baghdad where kidnapping has become a growth
industry. Criminal gangs are lining their pockets as the number
of victims grows and the line-ups at border posts grow even
longer with people trying to flee the country.
Christians from any
denominations, clergy or laity alike, are one of the preferred
targets in the capital.
In Mosul on Monday,
another priest was abducted, Fr Paulos Eskandar, from the Syrian
Orthodox Church. A huge ransom has already been asked.
Sources in some
communities of nuns in Baghdad have relayed other stories they
witnessed. Last Sunday two young Christian women were abducted
but under different circumstances: one at home as her helpless
family could do nothing but watch; the other, at an open market
where four armed men spirited her away in a car leaving behind a
Often incidents do
not end with the prisoner’s release. In one case in Baghdad, the
victim committed suicide after the ransom was paid and she went
home because of the torture and sexual violence she suffered.
In another case, a
young woman talked to her family by phone (the kidnappers
allowed her to speak to her family to reassure them that she was
alive) and told them: “I’m dead” (referring to being gang
raped). She eventually committed suicide whilst still in the
hands of her tormenters.
put the number of young women and girls abducted in the last two
weeks at 12.
Christians are increasingly scared. Sources in northern Iraq
told AsiaNews that “hundreds of families are on the run,
fleeing towards the border with Syria.”