Angelina Jolie fighting against ISIS

Angelina JolieAngelina Jolie, 40, spoke to British Parliament on Tuesday as part of her duties as a special envoy for the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, saying that ISIS routinely rapes girls as young as seven, then sells them as slaves. She is urging the British government to take action.

“The most important thing is to understand what it’s not: it’s not sexual, it’s a violent, brutal terrorizing weapon and it is used unfortunately, everywhere,” Angelina said. “The most aggressive terrorist group in the world today knows what we know; knows that it is a very effective weapon and (is) using it as a centerpoint of their terror and their way of destroying communities and families and attacking, destroying and dehumanizing.”

She went on to give details about children she’s met who have been rescued, including one little girl who was no more than eight, who’d been so traumatized she was nearly catatonic. “She was rocking backwards and forwards staring at the wall,” Angelina described. “And tears streaming down her face because she had been brutally raped multiple times, you couldn’t talk to her. You couldn’t touch her. I felt absolutely helpless. I didn’t know what to do for her.”

Angelina testified that she knows “as an artist,” she is very limited to help, but urged politicians to change laws and policies and make a real change to help the victims of terrorists.

Terrorists are holding hundreds of Yazidi, Christian, and Turkoman women in prison in Iraq. They’re told they can convert to Islam or they will be gang-raped daily. The ones who convert are sold to Islamic State fighters for anywhere between $25 and $150 each. The terrorists have a local beautician come in to style the rape victims.

Angelina has teamed up with ex-British foreign secretary William Hague in the hope that because of her high profile, her testimony about the atrocities committed on these young women face will force the government to do something to help them. She told the politicians: “Many of the victims have now come out of the shadows…. people around the world who have gone through these things now feel that they can speak. They feel if they speak its worthy of their time, their efforts, their pain and tears.”

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  1. John Davidson • September 10, 2015 @ 9:46 AM

    Born here in Canada in 1949. Canada should take in 100,000 refugees.
    We are the best country in the world, as I see it.
    Steven Harper should let 100,000 Syrians into Canada.
    They could live in a town in a western province for ten years. After that and showing that they were being good Canadians, they would be allowed to go anywhere in Canada.
    But not until they prove that they can be trusted to be good Canadians.
    They would be allowed to travel all around in a middle province, not a big city and if they leave the province they would be sent back to Syria.
    A win-win solution for all.

  2. Mike Hunt • September 10, 2015 @ 10:22 AM

    It will cost $35 000.00 per refugee just to let them in the country.

    Not to mention the cost of the healthcare they will require, education for the kids, welfare, baby bonus, etc.etc.

    Where is this money going ot come from? And why aren’t the millions who have already fled, not doing anything to stop the spread of ISIS? They know who are members in their own ( former) neighborhoods.

    If they come here, they bring nothing but a bigger deficit with them. And our healthcare system is already overburdened. How are we to absorb that many more people and maintain any standards.

    Many of the newsclips I have seen show many men who are capable of joining an army to defend their homeland from the deranged extremists…how many of them have unrealistic extremist views and in a few years will turn around and stick it to the countries that saved their lives…look at the Khadrs, the TOronto 18, the underwear bomber, the freak who killed the unarmed guard on Parliament hill, theguys who plotted to blow up the TO-NY train. .

    Soorry – but we need to train the Syrians in how to fight back so they can take back their homeland, and get rid of ISIS.

    Letting ISIS have Syria, just sets up a chance for them to spread, and claim other nearby countries, forcing their people out to western countries- which they usually aren’t happy in – after vitimizing and slaughtering defenselss women , elderly, gays, men, little girls who want to go to school, and other children. They don’t care how barbaric their slaughters are- the more repulsive the butchery, the more attention they get for the shock value- leading more viles, disguisting wastes of air to them

  3. Susan P - Western Can • September 10, 2015 @ 11:17 AM

    Born in Canada as well. We are a good country with a poor government, hopefully everyone will get out to vote and change that! While I appreciate allowing refugees into Canada will help their situation, perhaps better foreign policies and more action by all countries will stop these atrocities from happening in the first place. Then to comment on your plan for the 100,000 people to be deposited in a Western province for 10 years….. what infrastructure do you propose to have in place for a community to be able to absorb 100,000 people in one fell swoop? Who will pay for this to happen? What about the culture shock for all 100,000 people, not to mention those who live in the community who now have 100,000 people who will need shelter, food, healthcare, schools, emotional support to help them deal with the trauma they faced not only in their home country, but in the trauma of moving around the world and being dropped in a community they know nothing about; into weather and other environmental factors they know nothing about? Then there are other resources that are required… English language training, job training, etc. Without providing all these services and supports, how exactly do you think they can “be(ing) good Canadians”. Also, what exactly is it you mean by “being good Canadians”? Right now the Canadian’s who already live here are not exactly looking out for our own people and the needs of our fellow Canadian’s…. we have an extremely high poverty rate, especially among our own aboriginal peoples… do we hold these refugees to a higher standard than our own neighbors?
    Yes I think Canada and other G8 countries should not ignore the refugees, but moving them away from the problem does not solve the problem, helping these countries and the people in these countries get rid of the threat to their people should be the priority. How is it the few have so much power over the many? Why do we allow these extremists to terrorize and destroy other human beings? Oh yes, it is greed, oil, power, money and religion …. Though not necessarily in that order…

  4. Western girl • September 10, 2015 @ 2:36 PM

    I hate to break it to you John Davidson but these “Towns in Western provinces” are still part of Canada!!! there are actually people – even some good Canadian people in them!!! Let me guess – you are from Ontario or Quebec?? Pull your head out of your eastern ass!

  5. Kris • September 10, 2015 @ 5:09 PM

    I agree that Canada must assist these men women and children, but I would like to see other Arab States i.e. Saudi Arabia, Qater, UAE etc take in these refugees. Other than Jordan and Turkey, middle eastern countries do not pull their weight. By the way, the middle east armies have over 4 million soldiers. They need to deal with the 30,000 ISIS soldiers, not us.

  6. Jude • September 11, 2015 @ 1:57 AM

    And just where did the ancestors of these commentators come from? Not so long ago, either. There are people born in Canada who are not good Canadians, so why worry about newcomers looking for a fresh start not becoming ‘good’. Put the refugees in a western provincial town? Did this idea come from the camps we sent Japanese to during WWII? Please! It’s time we stopped delaying our response and set an example to help these desperate people who have lost everything and have no where else to go. Who knows, maybe this is the start of taking down borders and making the world more humane – no other labels necessary. If war broke out here and we had to flee, would we want to be met with closed doors? Risk and give everything just to see our loved ones drown? In comparison, we have so much…time to share. I can eat a little less, take better care of my health if it means another family can be safe.

  7. Deb • September 11, 2015 @ 10:09 AM

    I agree that Muslim countries would be better destinations for these Muslim refugees. It seems that many Muslims have difficulty assimilating into Christian countries. Examples- the case made for Sheria law, the request to remove pork from a Montreal school, plus many more. I would gladly vote to provide financial aid to help relocate them to an environment where they don’t have to deal with the politically incorrect (to them) Lord’s Prsyer, Christmas, Easter etc. simply watching the behavior of refugees at the Hungarian train station was frightening. Is this the behavior appropriate for a group whose expectations are not being met? I fear that if there were guns present the scene would have been much worse.

  8. Nora D • September 11, 2015 @ 10:38 AM

    I agree with Susan P. YOU Have it dead on!!!

  9. Lee Mac • September 11, 2015 @ 3:54 PM

    Not born in Canada but lived here for 30 yrs
    and yes Canada is one of the best places to live and clearly has
    the resources to take in more refugees
    however the Canadian government doesn’t do anything on a National scale
    unless they’re shamed into doing it by the main stream media

    sort of like how nothing happened to the money stealing scumbags in the senate
    until the media got a hold of the story

    financing is easy if just 10% of the inside corruption was removed, what Canada
    needs is a Donald Trump like no nonsense approach to its fiscal problems
    or you could put that young dude Trudeau into office, if nothing else he would shake up the establishment with young ideas for if it needs anything it needs a good shake up

  10. Colleen • September 11, 2015 @ 9:55 PM

    I agree. why should we let in 100,000 into the Western provinces? I think the best answers is too put pressure on the richest countries in the world like Saudi Arabia, and United Empire of Arabia, and Jordan to step up and take in these refugees!! This way many of them would not die crossing oceans, and seas. They would not be in culture shock,and exposed to our harsh winters.. These countries need to step up, and take some responsibility for these poor people. These countries have some of the richest people in the world, because everybody sucks up to them, like the USA, and buys their blood oil!!

  11. Jen • September 12, 2015 @ 3:47 PM

    I was not born in Canada, but live here for 35 years, most of my life. I support the idea of John Davidson and agree with Lee Mac, because I live in BC. If some politicians become modest like us, and allocate BC’s tax money for the good cause, I think we can do a lot.

  12. Barbara • September 14, 2015 @ 12:59 PM

    The thing that I am concerned about is what ISIS stated in February……How they will infiltrate Western UN countries in the form of refugees, there is a lot of Syrian men, not many kids or women….background checks are crucial…

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