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UN Envoy on Sexual Conflict Talks to VOA

UN Envoy Zainab Hawa Bangura
UN Envoy Zainab Hawa Bangura

Upon her return from a recent trip to the Middle East, United Nations Envoy on Sexual Conflict Zainab Hawa Bangura spoke to VOA UN Correspondent Margaret Besheer on the horrifying abuse and violence that is being endured on young women and girls by the terror group ISIS. Bangura was moved to tears by what she observed in the region and recalled some heartbreaking moments during her interview with Voice of America.

While visiting the Middle East, with stops in Iraq Syria, Jordan, Lebanon, and Turkey, Bangura met with refugees, and survivors of the abuse suffered from ISIS. Among those she visited was a Syrian prison with female prisoners and male guards, which raised some concern for the Envoy. “I think one of the first things I recognized and realized during my trip is that this is a war that is being fought on the backs of women and girls,” she told VOA.

For more on this interview, watch an excerpt and read the full story here.