An American pastor has partnered with a network of underground rescuers in Iraq to help girls enslaved by the Islamic State escape the brutal death cult and find freedom after being raped and abused for over two years in the militant group’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
For the past year, Bill Devlin, a pastor at Infinity Bible Church in the Bronx who has visited Iraq multiple times in the last few years to help displaced Iraqis, has aided a modern-day Underground Railroad-type network of smugglers in northern Iraq that has helped guide over 200 people captured by IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) to freedom.
As IS enslaved thousands of religious minority children and women when it took control of territory in Iraq in 2014, Yazidi lawyer Khaleel Khaleel al-Dakhi, his wife, Ameena Saeed Hasan, and other colleagues, have established a working network of smugglers inside of IS-controlled towns like Mosul and Tal Afar to help Yazidi families secure the return of their enslaved family members.
Al-Dakhi and Hasan do their part from the Kurdish side of the IS border to help put families in touch with smugglers inside IS territory. The smugglers not only arrange for a time and place to meet the enslaved girls but they also lead the girls through IS territory to give them the best chance of fleeing undetected. The efforts of Al-Dakhi and his team were featured in a “Frontline” documentary in July 2015.
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SOURCE: The Christian Post – Samuel Smith