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A tale of ravaged countries and weeping children- ISIS through pictures

Because of what is happening in Syria we don’t play any more. I miss my house. I miss my neighbourhood. I miss playing football. I was at a funeral when the rocket struck, there were dead bodies all around and I lost my relatives that day. Dogs ate the dead bodies for two days after the massacre. Please save us.”- Hassan, a 14 year old Syrian refugee in Jordan.

Source: Save the Children
Source: Save the Children

Scenes of devastation in Syria– This is not one isolated story, as Syria is full of millions of Hassans who have witnessed nothing but death and devastation ever since the ISIS invaded Iraq and Syria. The Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL) or the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) came into worldwide notice in June 2014, when they invaded Iraq and declared themselves as a world Caliphate. These pictures trace the atrocities of the self declared ‘supreme Islamic authority’ which now is the major perpetrator of terror attacks across the world.

Source: NBC news
Source: NBC news
A man stands with his children over ruins of his home. Source: Al Jazeera
A man stands with his children over ruins of his home.                        Source: Al Jazeera
Civil Defence members put out a fire that spread in an oil refinery in the town of Marat Numan in Idlib province, Syria. Source: Reuters
Civil Defence members put out a fire that spread in an oil refinery in the town of Marat Numan in Idlib province, Syria. Source: Reuters

Yazidis, the community no one cries for– Perhaps the earliest of ISIS atrocities, the Yazidis who are a mainly Kurdish group of Iraq were attacked with their women being sold as sex slaves by thousands and children decapitated.  They were forced to flee to Mount Sinjar in the Iraqi north-west region, or face slaughter by an encircling group of Islamic State (Isis) jihadists.

Source: Al Jazeera
Captured Yazidi women being sold as ‘sex- slaves’                          Source: Al Jazeera

The Yazidi women were captured and sold as ‘sex-slaves’ to those fighting the holy war or ‘jihad.’ Many were sold for a ‘pack of cigarettes’ and were killed on the spot if they refused to go with the ISIS fighters.

Siege of Mount Sinjar- Yazidis were forced to abandon their homeland.
Siege of Mount Sinjar- Yazidis were forced to abandon their homeland.

 

Yazidi Children plead to be rescued.
Yazidi Children plead to be rescued.

When death becomes a way of ‘justice’– It brought back the medieval trend of Human crucifixion and beheadings as a form of punishment. Not even leaving children, ISIS has beheaded four Iraqi teenagers for refusing to convert from Christianity to Islam.

Source: Zerocensorship.com
Source: Zerocensorship.com

 

The ‘proud’ jihadists.                                               Source: Syria Direct

Source: CNN
Source: CNN     A body is strung up on a cross in the northern Syrian city of Raqqa

 

Source: Barenakedislam.com
Source: Barenakedislam.com

Public flogging, decapitating children and stoning became the way of justice in ISIS captured areas. Journalists, breast feeding women and teenagers, people were even beheaded for offences like ‘cursing.’ Here Jordanian pilot Muath Safi Yousef Al-Kasasbeh was burned alive after his plane crashed over Syria.

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Jordanian Pilot being burned alive.
ISIS beheading an American journalist. Source: Times of India
ISIS beheading an American journalist.                                                         Source: Times of India

Migrating lives-  The mass devastation made people flee their homes and Europe witnessed the ‘migrant crisis’ and pictures of people trying to cross borders illegally or toddlers washing up on shores became common, Aylan Kurdi was one such case which hit the headlines.

Source: Al Jazeera
Source: Al Jazeera

While some managed to flee the devastation, some like the picture below could’t.

Source: Google
Source: Google

 

Source: UNHCR
Source: UNHCR

A nine-year-old Syrian refugee runs up the stairs of the partially-constructed building where she and her family are living in Erbil. They fled from Deir ez-Zur, Syria after a shell hit their neighbour’s house, killing everyone inside. She said the most frightening thing in Syria was the sound made by the tanks. ‘It was even more scary than the sound of planes, because I felt like the tanks were coming for me.’

A life captured through stills and counted through numbers- Numerous attacks over the world have reduced the meaning of life to mere numbers.

Source: UNHCR
Source: UNHCR

Three Syrian siblings, aged between three and eight, register as refugees in UNHCR’s office in Zamalek. Almost 80,000 Syrian refugees have registered in Egypt. These children and their parents came to Egypt three months ago after their Damascus home was destroyed by bombing.

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France attack                                                                                                                       Source: Startribune

The November 2015, Paris attacks where a series of 13 bomb blasts killed 130 people and wounded hundreds, made the entire world weep for Paris. A concert hall, a football stadium and restaurants were attacked to “avenge the killing of innocent Syrians.”

Source: Startribune
Source: Startribune

On 18 March 2015, three militants attacked the Bardo National Museum in the Tunisian capital city of Tunis, and took hostages. Twenty-one people, mostly European tourists, were killed at the scene, while an additional victim died ten days later. Around fifty others were injured in the attack.

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People being held hostage by gunmen in the Bardo museum, Tunisia Source: Telegraph

The Bastille day celebrations in Nice were ravaged by an attack when a truck drove through a crowd watching fireworks at the Promenade des Anglais, and then exited the vehicle and opened fire.

Source: Alalam.in
The aftermath of Nice attack                                                                                                                            Source: Alalam.in

In closing, here is list by CNN, of all the ISIS attacks and a trail of devastation it has created around the Globe.

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