Thousands of people, mostly women, continue to be held captive by Islamist militant groups, including the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS), al-Qaeda’s Syrian affiliate al-Nusra Front, and Nigeria-based Boko Haram.
Iraq’s Yazidi women
Women and children from the minority Yazidi sect, fleeing the violence in the Iraqi town of Sinjar, walk to a refugee camp after they re-entered Iraq from Syria at the Iraqi-Syrian border crossing in Fishkhabour, Dohuk province, August 14, 2014. reuters
A still from the video released by Boko Haram, showing the abducted schoolgirls. (Youtube grab)
Inaam Omar, 50, aunt of one Lebanese soldier Ziad Omar who was kidnapped by Islamic militants, holds his picture during a demonstration to demand action to secure the captives’ release, in front of government heaquarters in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Monday, Nov. 17, 2014. The militants, including the al-Qaida linked Nusra Front and the extremist Islamic State group, are holding some 20 Lebanese soldiers and policemen hostages since August, when they briefly overran a Lebanese border town. (Bilal Hussein/Associated Press)
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