“The situation is horrific for women in Mosul,” says the president of the Baghdad-based Organization of Women’s Freedom in Iraq. Women “are being kidnapped from their house by the ISIS warriors and forced into what they call into a ‘jihad marriage.'”
Iraqi women who have fled to Syria to escape the U.S.-led war face another form of violence: sales to brothels by male relatives desperate for money. Damascus is escalating its legal response to trafficking, but the risks remain high.
Peacekeepers heading to Darfur in January may be too late for women who are in the camps for displaced people. Aid groups say that Sudan’s wave of camp breakups is cutting off their access to food, medical care and protection from rape and trafficking.