No Video? Not News

The brutality of ISIS continues, with the mass murder and public execution of 19 kidnapped Yezidi girls.

Extremist jihadis of the Islamic State (ISIS) on Thursday executed 19 Yezidi girls by burning them to death, activists and eyewitnesses reported.

The victims, who had been taken by ISIS jihadis as sex slaves, were placed in iron cages in central Mosul and burned to death in front of hundreds of people.

“They were punished for refusing to have sex with ISIS militants,” local media activist Abdullah al-Malla told ARA News.

“The 19 girls were burned to death, while hundreds of people were watching. Nobody could do anything to save them from the brutal punishment,” an eyewitness told ARA News in Mosul.

The brutality that ISIS is capable of inflicting has been well documented thus far, so the fact that they are capable of doing such a thing surprises no one. However, despite this, I see little coverage of this particularly gruesome example.

In today’s world, we expect video, or at the very least photographic evidence, before we believe that something actually happened. Going beyond actually believing it, there is an ever-growing trend for news outlets to overlook stories which are not accompanied by shocking video or graphic images. It is a little sick (and very sad) that these publications, whether rightly or wrongly, assume that they will get fewer views without a heavy dose of tragedy porn to go with it.

ISIS used to be famous for filming and spreading their horrific executions all over the internet. Now, it seems, it is no longer needed for them to get the message to people who might want to join up. They’re famous enough, so now they’re on a different course. No pictures, no video, and very few will talk about it, if any at all.

But I don’t need video to talk about it, nor do I need video to imagine what kind of horror they lived in their final moments. My heart bleeds for them, regardless.

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