The mainstream media has failed us again, overlooking a report that hundreds of Christian girls were abducted and tortured in the most gruesome ways.
Speaking out for these persecuted girls in the Middle East are Mother Olga Yaqob and Sister Hatune Dogan of the Daughters of Mary of Nazareth. The nuns spoke with MRC during the In Defense of Christians (IDC) Inaugural Summit in Washington, D.C. September 11. Both women recounted horrific stories of Islamist terror, notably the story of 280 Christian girls who were kidnapped by Muslim insurgents.
The kidnappers “repeatedly raped” and “misused” the girls, some as young as 5-years-old.
“I met an Iraqi girl, five-and-a-half-years maybe, and they kidnapped her,” Sister Hatune began. “I met her at seven-and-a-half-years. Until today, she [will not] say, no one knows, what happened to her, because she was misused. They [were] paid $30,000 dollars to release her. They released her, but under that condition. I am sorry for her. That was the youngest girl that I met. She was misused.”
She explained that it’s too often they witness “slaughtering, raping, kidnapping, taking ransom, killing, crucifying, and ridding the Christians of what they need” at the hands of Muslims in the Middle East.
Another time, Sister Hatune met 280 girls kidnapped girls. She described how they were “misused” by their kidnappers, some of whom “cut breasts and other [sensitive areas].” “I saw them with my own eyes,” she said.
The nuns slammed the U.S. media for ignoring the plight of Christians in the Middle East, covering much less crucial scandals instead, including NFL player Ray Rice’s domestic abuse. “I know he’s probably a famous player, and this [football] team, it’s a big, big issue in America, but this is a personal life of two people.” While, at the same time “200,000 people are displaced” and “people are dying from hunger” in the Middle East.
“I’m just surprised how much sometime our secular media they cover some things over and over and they miss such a big picture,” she continued.
It true we are more likely to hear about the royal family or the next sports star scandal than the countless Christians dying in the Middle East. However, we can’t entirely blame the mainstream media for reporting what most would rather hear about.