Born in Czechoslovakia, I experienced the realities of life very early. My family and I cheated death many times, from being bombed during World War II to dodging snipers in South East Asia.
To escape from communist treachery my family and I crossed borders through muddy fields, barbed wire, and armed guards.
At the age of nine I arrived in New York City. Two weeks in a new country I was immersed in the NYC school system, the best thing that could have happened to me.
I learned English quickly without forgetting Czech or German.
I immediately picked the political party that I would support, the Republican Party. That’s right; I knew where I belonged even at the age of nine.
I was a musician with my own band, worked with various promotional groups, started an out sourcing business for assembly of small manufacturing items, a computer company marketing hardware and software.
I served in South East Asia in Military Intelligence, held several positions in various fraternal organizations, worked on the U. S. Bicentennial Celebration, and now doing my best to strengthen the Republican Party.
In the moments before he raped the 12-year-old girl, the Islamic
State fighter took the time to explain that what he was about to do was
not a sin. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other
than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it
condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.
He bound her hands and gagged her. Then he knelt beside the bed and prostrated himself in prayer before getting on top of her.
When it was over, he knelt to pray again, bookending the rape with acts of religious devotion.
‘I kept telling him it hurts — please stop,’ said the girl, whose body is so small an adult could circle her waist with two hands. ‘He told me that according to Islam he is allowed to rape an unbeliever. He said that by raping me, he is drawing closer to God,’ she said in an interview alongside her family in a refugee camp here, to which she escaped after 11 months of captivity.
The systematic rape of women and girls from the Yazidi religious
minority has become deeply enmeshed in the organization and the radical
theology of the Islamic State in the year since the group announced it
was reviving slavery as an institution. Interviews with 21 women and
girls who recently escaped the Islamic State, as well as an examination
of the group’s official communications, illuminate how the practice has
been enshrined in the group’s core tenets.
The trade in Yazidi women and girls has created a persistent
infrastructure, with a network of warehouses where the victims are held,
viewing rooms where they are inspected and marketed, and a dedicated
fleet of buses used to transport them.
A total of 5,270 Yazidis were abducted last year, and at least 3,144
are still being held, according to community leaders. To handle them,
the Islamic State has developed a detailed bureaucracy of sex
slavery, including sales contracts notarized by the ISIS-run Islamic
A growing body of internal policy memos and theological discussions
has established guidelines for slavery, including a lengthy how-to
manual issued by the Islamic State Research and Fatwa Department just
last month. Repeatedly, the ISIS leadership has emphasized a narrow and
selective reading of the Quran and other religious rulings to not only
justify violence, but also to elevate and celebrate each sexual assault
as spiritually beneficial, even virtuous. ‘Every time that he came to rape me, he would pray,’ said F, a
15-year-old girl who was captured on the shoulder of Mount Sinjar one
year ago and was sold to an Iraqi fighter in his 20s. Like some others
interviewed by The New York Times, she wanted to be identified only by
her first initial because of the shame associated with rape.
‘He kept telling me this is ibadah,’ she said, using a term from Islamic scripture meaning worship.
‘He said that raping me is his prayer to God. I said to him,
‘What you’re doing to me is wrong, and it will not bring you closer to
God.’ And he said, ‘No, it’s allowed. It’s halal,’’ said the teenager, who escaped in April with the help of smugglers after being enslaved for nearly nine months.