The footage was aired by the Syrian Arab News Agency after the apparent terrorist attack on a bus convoy killed at least 126 people - including more than 60 children - on Saturday, according to the United Nations.
That’s probably what makes footage of this brave little girl’s smile all the more heart-wrenching.
The latest revelations made by Zainab Bangura, Special Representative of the UN Secretary General on Sexual Violence in Conflict, give a harrowing account of how the group has institutionalized practices of sexual violence against women and girls in the region.
Bangura visited Syria, Iraq, Lebanon, and Turkey from April 18 to 29 to interview girls who had escaped IS captivity and survived sexual violence.
During a briefing with journalists, Bangura detailed the harrowing circumstances for women and girls in IS controlled territory, saying that they live in a state of perpetual fear and danger.
“Women and girls are at risk and under assault at every point of their lives,” she said, stressing that they are faced with such threats “every step of their lives.
(Photo: Marc Veraart / Flickr) From the initial uprisings against the government of Bashar al-Assad in spring 2011, women in Syria have organized and participated in peaceful demonstrations and provided vital humanitarian assistance to those in need.