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ISIS had seized more than 3,000 Yazidi and Christian children, girls and women in Iraq by August 2015 to be used as sexual slaves.

A Canadian Jew has taken up the mantle of war against the horrifying Da’esh (ISIS) campaign of enslaving women and girls as sex slaves, with the only ammunition he can find: money and brains.

Entrepreneur Steve Maman formed The Liberation of Christian and Yazidi Children of Iraq (CYCI), a nonprofit organization dedicated to freeing the young girls and women who were captured by the terrorists and are being used as sex slaves.

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Maman said he was inspired by German businessman Oskar Schindler, who was instrumental in saving the lives of more than a thousand Jewish children by purchasing them from the Nazis as “employees.” For him too, he said, “Nothing is impossible.”

Since June he has already raised thousands of Canadian dollars, and is involved in raising as much more as possible, to finance rescue operations to free the slaves.

The effort began with a GoFundMe campaign that targeted “remarkably generous,” mostly Jewish business contacts. He is currently hoping to raise $500,000, to free 2,700.

Thus far, more than $100,000 has been raised, and 120 of the girls have been freed.

“I said to myself, I cannot and will not stand idle,” Maman said in an open letter attached to a YouTube video.” “I will not look at the daily reports and stay passive.

“As I was always taught: ‘One who saves a life, saves a world.’

“The price of a child’s life to remove them from the hands of ISIS is between $1,000 to $3,000. We, as avid consumers, spend that money on gadgets and tools. “Why not spend that money to save a life?”

“Many young adolescents are sold to brothels, where they are raped 30 to 40 times a day by ISIS fighters. The U.N reports that ISIS militants have forced overly abused sex slaves to undergo virginity restoration surgery, up to 20 times after being raped and sold.”

Some of the slaves are as young as eight years old; they are at the mercy not only of the fighters, but also of men still residing in Mosul, men of various ages, including some up to 60 years old.

“We liberate children from their captors through the use of on-the-ground brokers,” Maman said. Slaves sell for as little as $125 at times, he added.

“This is a finite problem that can be solved with money,” he added in an interview with Tablet Magazine. “We need Christians to open up, at the same rate as my Jewish friends have,” he said simply.

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For further information or to make a donation, the reader can contact Steve Maman via email at:
liberationiraq@gmail.com  –  Attention: Steve Maman, President

Foundation C.Y.C.I. (Christian and Yazidi Children of Iraq)
An official tax deductible receipt will be issued, according to the organization.

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Hana Levi Julian is a Middle East news analyst with a degree in Mass Communication and Journalism from Southern Connecticut State University. A past columnist with The Jewish Press and senior editor at Arutz 7, Ms. Julian has written for Babble.com, Chabad.org and other media outlets, in addition to her years working in broadcast journalism.

24 COMMENTS

  1. I want one of them, just one, cleric or otherwise, to explain this and the other violence while squaring it with the Ten Commandments. All the add-ons are man made. No disrespect to any religion or belief but a child from birth, before man’s intervention, is closer to Our Almighty Father than we can even begin to comprehend. God, Abba, Allah is patient with man’s attempt to quantify and qualify Him in religious terms. Look deeply into your souls. What is there? A religion or created light from Eternal?

  2. Thr sadest part is that these women are abused and will not be accepted back in their social culture. What is worst ISIS is making more money again. Maybe if this cause is military directed it would have a better outcome and the money could be better used to help these women reunite with family home and get education rehabilitation and help othet women who face the same kind of situations.

  3. And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. It repented God in Holiness that He created man on the earth and it grieved God to His heart. And God said I will destroy man And God brought a flood to destroy all flesh… except Noah a righteous man and his household…. Genesis Chapter 6.

  4. BH I could make a good propganda film supporting ISIS wiith good background music too…maybe.. if i could find teh good background msuic.. but the Torah rational i could put together for sure regarding thsi cruel callous insentive society where fiannly a group comes to gther and says "G-d first'.

  5. What is thatt they are evil who they can do that to smal child its dosent mater what they belive the isis is evil i hope god will pay them for the bAd things they do naw i know who mach the juish is good pepol to help thos child and whith the help of god to save them

  6. no girl,no woman, no person should be treated like the yazidis are being treated. it is our moral responsibility to help these people any way that we can. judaism is a moral and just religion and we are obligated to help people who are being treated worse than animals. kol ha'kavod to you, mr. maman- you are truly a righteous person and may hashem reward you and may we all follow your lead. may you go from strength to strength AM Y'ISROEL CHAI!

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