Mercury One Rescue Successful
Nightmare Ends for Teenage Girl Captured By ISIS
A two-year ordeal for a 15-year old Yazidi girl ended earlier this week after a Mercury One sponsored rescue operation freed her from her ISIS captors. On Monday she was reunited with her parents in Iraq.
The mission took 20 days to complete and stretched across both Syria and Iraq – deep into Islamic State territory. The young girl was kidnapped by ISIS in 2015 and sold into slavery. ISIS has specifically targeted Yazidi girls and women for enslavement and persecution within the territory it holds.
“We are thrilled with the result,” said Michael Powell, Director of Operations for Mercury One’s The Nazarene Fund. “Anytime that we can reunite a family it is a victory.”
The mission was sponsored through The Nazarene Fund. Launched in 2015, The Nazarene Fund was conceived by Mercury One Founder Glenn Beck. The fund’s mandate to “rescue, restore and rebuild the lives of Christians and other religious minorities persecuted and displaced by ISIS” has assisted over 25,000 people since its inception.
“’Rescue’ is the first pillar of the TNF mandate, Powell said. “As these opportunities arise we will continue to execute on them.”
According to a report, the young girl was sold eight different times and had sustained numerous injuries including multiple broken ribs. A Mercury One partner organization has deployed a mobile trauma team to assist with her recovery.
“This young woman has lived through a nightmare most of us can’t imagine,” said Mercury One Executive Director Suzanne Bock-Grishman. “She is safe, but her road to recovery is just beginning.”
Grishman applauds Mercury One donors who have contributed to these efforts.
“Our donors are the key to these operations as they provide the resources which enable Mercury One to carry out its mission,” she said. “Thank you and God Bless Mercury One donors for your continued support.”