Mariam’s story is one of many highlighting the rape, abuse and exploitation of Syrian women at the hands of rebels in Syria.
Article from the Vatican’s Pontifical Missions news service, Fides.
Qusair (Agenzia Fides) - Mariam was a 15-year-old Christian from Qusair, a city of the governorate in Homs, 35 km south of the capital. The city, which had become a stronghold of the Syrian rebels, was reconquered by the troops of the regular army at the beginning of June. Mariam’s story - sent to Fides thanks to the report of two Catholic priests - is a sign of the brutality of the conflict and the extreme vulnerability of religious minorities. Mariam's family was in town when militants linked to the jihadist group "Jabhat al-Nusra" conquered and occupied it. While her family was able to escape, Mariam was taken and forced into an Islamic marriage
Fides sources point out that, through social networks, the fatwa was widespread in Syria produced by Yasir al-Ajlawni - A Salafi sheikh of Jordanian origin, resident in Damascus - who declared
lawful, for opponents of the regime of Bashar al-Assad, rape committed against "any non-Sunni Syrian woman." According to the fatwa to capture and rape Alawi or Christian women is not contrary to
the precepts of Islam.
The commander of the battalion "Jabhat al-Nusra" in Qusair took Mariam, married and raped her. Then he repudiated her. The next day the young woman was forced to marry another Islamic militant. He also raped her and then repudiated her. The same trend was repeated for 15 days, and Mariam was raped by 15 different men. This psychologically destabilized her and made her insane. Mariam, became mentally unstable and was eventually killed.
"These atrocities are not told by any International Commission" say to Fides two Greek-Catholic priests, Fr. Issam and Fr. Elias who have just returned to town. The two are collecting the cry's and complaints of many families. "Who will do something to protect civilians, the most vulnerable?" they ask. As reported to Fides, the two have just celebrated a Mass to consecrate again the Catholic church of St. Elias in Qusair.
The church was ransacked and desecrated by the guerrillas, and had become a logistic and residential base for rebel groups. (PA) (Agenzia Fides 02/07/2013)
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In part of this video Jihadists in Syria express their views regarding abducted women.
An Italian documentary (with English subtitles), from 2012, about the situation of Christians and other minorities in Syria and the risk of extremism that is imported and strengthened from other countries especially from Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Libya and Afghanistan among others. In this documentary rebel Jihadists express their views regarding captured women.
“Anyone who doesn’t follow our teachings is infidel and we have the right to their blood, women and property.” 9.22 min.
"If we are in a holy war and we are Jihadists fighting Christians and Jews we are entitled to their women as abducted harems.” 13.02 min.
Warning: Video contains a distressing scene of an execution 9.35min
and Jordanian Cleric's Fatwa for FSA to Enslave Girls
This 2-part video shows, in the first part, a speech given at the United Nations by Syrian envoy, Bashar al-Jaafari, where he accuses terrorists in Syria of committing rape and sexual assault on Syrian women and girls, according to fatwas issued by Gulf-backed clerics.
The second part of the video shows the Jordanian Salafi cleric, Yasir al-Ajlouni, mentioned in the above Fides article, who talks about issuing in the near future a fatwa that allows the "Free Syrian Army" and the Jihadists fighting alongside them to take non-Sunni women in Syria as captives and slaves, according to what he called a "legal" verdict in Islam.
Report from Britain's Channel 4 News
Article from the investigative news site WHO WHAT WHY
This article looks into the origins of some of the claims that the Syrian state had ordered mass rapes. Read the article here
Article from the Canadian newspaper the Toronto Star
Syria's refugee brides:'My daughter is willing to sacrifice herself for her family'
Refugee brides: Woman takes a cut to help Syrian refugee girls in Jordan find Arab grooms from all over
Middle East. Read the article here