Minister: Germany plans trauma center for ISIS rape victims

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has become the continent’s top destination for asylum seekers. (Shutterstock)

A German government minister said Monday Berlin aimed to set up a trauma center for victims of a mass rape campaign by the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) militant group.

Overseas development minister Gerd Mueller told the Bild newspaper that the care facility in Germany could serve 100 women and girls from Syria and Iraq.

Mueller said he had spoken with five young girls on a visit to Iraq who had been captured by ISIS and gang raped.

“Three of them are now pregnant. We have to take care of such girls,” he said.

Mueller did not provide a timetable or say where in Germany the center would be established.

ISIS spearheaded a sweeping offensive that has overrun swathes of Iraq and Syria since June.

In November, the U.N. Commission of Inquiry on Syria released its first report focused on ISIS crimes, presenting a horrifying picture of what life is like in areas controlled by the militants, including massacres, beheadings, torture, sexual enslavement and forced pregnancy.

Germany, Europe’s biggest economy, has become the continent’s top destination for asylum seekers. It expects around 230,000 asylum seekers in 2015, up from a predicted 200,000 this year.

The influx has spawned a far-right populist movement which has been staging demonstrations in cities across the country against the “Islamisation” of Germany.

 

 

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Last Update: Wednesday, 20 May 2020 KSA 09:46 - GMT 06:46
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