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Nov 17, 2015 9:28 PM

'ISIS uses rape as a weapon of war' Activist speaks at UNH about women in crisis


DURHAM- The use of rape as weapon on war by ISIS and other terror groups was part of a discussion at the University of New Hampshire, as one group looks to strengthen U.S. aid to better help women in crisis.

Chilling stories of what life is like for some women in developing countries were shared by author and activist Lisa Shannon.

“I’ve heard about many girls under the age of 14, 13, 12 and even 11 years old being gang-raped by ISIS, by militias in Congo or by Al Shabaab,” Shannon said.

The speaking event was organized by Population Connection Action Fund. The group is calling on our next president to change a law known as the Helms Amendment, which bans the use of U.S. aid for safe abortions even in cases of rape, incest or life endangerment.

“We’d be having a very different discussion about abortion in this country if there were thousands of American women dying every year as a result of unsafe abortion,” said Brian Dixon of the Population Connection Action Fund.

In many parts of the world, U.S. aid is used for refugee relief and health care services.

With abortion being such a hot button political issue here in the U.S., the legislature hasn’t made changes to the Helms Amendment in over 40 years.

“For women on the ground we’re really talking about life or death sort of scenarios that go well beyond what we typically see in the U.S.,” Shannon said.


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