News in the Humanosphere: Islamic State’s tight grip on sex slaves

Shakir Waheib, a senior member of the Islamic State, on left, next to a burning police vehicle in Iraq's Anbar Province. (AP Photo via militant website)

While the Islamic State group is losing territory in its self-styled caliphate, it is tightening its grip on the estimated 3,000 women and girls held as sex slaves. In a fusion of ancient barbaric practices and modern technology, IS sells the women like chattel on smartphone apps and shares databases that contain their photographs and the names of their “owners” to prevent their escape through IS checkpoints. The fighters are assassinating smugglers who rescue the captives, just as funds to buy the women out of slavery are drying up. (WaPo http://wapo.st/29o0IlK)

Stat of the day: It is estimated that approximately 2.8 million people are affected by the drought in Guatemala, with 900,000 at risk of malnutrition and in need of immediate support. (Al Jazeera http://bit.ly/29o56RF)

Chilcot report drops…The long awaited inquiry into the British government’s 2003 decision to go to war in Iraq is released today. (Time http://ti.me/29o7J5Z)

Africa

Clashes between rival rebel factions have left at least 10 dead and 25 injured in Central African Republic, police said Tuesday, raising fears of fresh unrest in one of the world’s most volatile nations. (AFP http://yhoo.it/29gClJ2)

The United Nations human rights office today condemned the killing of Kenyan human rights lawyer Willie Kimani, his client Josphat Mwenda, and their taxi driver Joseph Muiruri, on 23 June in a context of persistent allegations of extrajudicial killings by police forces. (UN News Center http://bit.ly/29o2gwj)

Suspected rebels hacked to death at least nine people in northeastern Democratic Republic of the Congo on Tuesday, the army said, the latest in a string of massacres that have killed more than 500 civilians since October 2014. (Reuters http://bit.ly/29hu8ks)

The United Nations has warned that some 50,000 children could starve to death this year in Nigeria’s Borno state alone if nothing is done. (AFP http://yhoo.it/29gD1OB)

Nigeria’s military thwarted suicide attacks Tuesday by two women from the Boko Haram extremist group. (VOA http://bit.ly/29huZBJ)

A shortage of syringes is hampering plans to vaccinate people in Democratic Republic of the Congo against a yellow fever epidemic despite the arrival of more than 1 million doses of vaccine, health officials said on Tuesday. (Reuters http://bit.ly/29gDosu)

Teachers, doctors and nurses in Zimbabwe began a strike over unpaid salaries on Tuesday, a day after police used force against protesting taxi drivers in the capital, Harare, as the country’s economy deteriorates. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/29gC3lB)

Congolese opposition leader Moise Katumbi said he will return from Europe to fight presidential elections later this year, dismissing an arrest warrant against him as “fake.” (Reuters http://bit.ly/29gDkJz)

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress said on Tuesday the public broadcaster, accused by opposition parties of pro-government bias ahead of local elections, was practicing censorship by not broadcasting violent anti-state protests. (Reuters http://bit.ly/29gCgp2)

The Mandela family reacted angrily after the former South African leader’s voice was used in an election advert for the country’s main opposition. (BBC http://bbc.in/29o0ZoJ)

Human rights groups are using Ethiopia’s recent election to a non-permanent United Nations Security Council seat to push for a humanitarian agenda inside the east African nation. Ethiopia has a strained relationship with human rights groups which have criticized it for stifling political dissent and jailing journalists and political opponents. (VOA http://bit.ly/29gCnAC)

Women who are former Boko Haram captives, and their children born out of rape, face mistrust and persecution when they return home, according to a report by peacebuilding group International Alert and the U.N. children’s agency UNICEF. (Reuters http://bit.ly/29huurl)

MENA

Iraq’s interior minister submitted his resignation on Tuesday as authorities sought to contain the fallout from a bombing in Baghdad that killed more than 200 people and triggered widespread anger. (AFP  http://yhoo.it/29uLj5U)

A Shiite militia that fought alongside Iraqi forces against the Islamic State group may have kidnapped 900 civilians and executed at least 50, some by beheadings and torture, the U.N. said Tuesday. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/29gCmwx)

The head of the U.N. Security Council’s counterterrorism agency says the Islamic State group is proving more flexible and adaptable than the governments battling the militants. (AP http://yhoo.it/29gDgti)

A report finds poverty is rising among Syrian refugees living in neighboring countries. A survey carried out by the U.N. refugee agency in five host countries shows Syrian refugees are finding it increasingly more difficult to make ends meet. (VOA http://bit.ly/29htRhc)

Some Syrian opposition groups have adopted methods of abuse similar to those employed by the government of President Bashar Assad, Amnesty International said in a new report Tuesday that documents a “chilling” wave of torture, abductions and summary killings in insurgent-controlled areas. (AP http://yhoo.it/29gD6Sq)

Asia

A suicide bomber riding a motorbike blew himself up outside an Indonesian police station Tuesday, injuring one officer in an attack officials said was linked to the Islamic State group. (AFP http://yhoo.it/29gDfWh)

Bangladeshi police said on Tuesday security forces may have shot dead a hostage by mistake during a siege of a Dhaka cafe on the weekend, believing he was one of the attackers. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/29huuY2)

Thailand’s Justice Ministry says it has no plan to execute rapists who murder their victims, saying such a harsh penalty would provoke more rapists to kill. (AP http://yhoo.it/29gDUXm)

China kicked off a week of military drills in the South China Sea ahead of a hotly anticipated and potentially destabilizing court ruling on its territorial claims in the region. (Guardian http://bit.ly/29o5EqL)

Anti-graft group Transparency International is launching a project to encourage young people to combat corruption in Cambodia. (VOA http://bit.ly/29gD5Ot)

India’s most controversial minister was shifted in a sweeping government reshuffle. (WaPo http://wapo.st/29o2dAA)

A pioneering method of financing education in India, with returns based on results, aims to tackle the deep-seated inequality faced by millions of girls. (Guardian http://bit.ly/29hvkUC)

The Americas

The leader of Colombia’s FARC rebel group says it will stop charging its so-called “revolutionary tax.” For decades, the FARC extorted money from local people and businesses in areas it controlled. (BBC http://bbc.in/29huLKN)

A group of Brazilian scientists have detected a drug-resistant bacteria growing off of some of Rio de Janeiro’s most stunning beaches, one month before the city is due to host the 2016 Olympic Games. (CNN http://cnn.it/29hukQG)

Police hit by Rio de Janeiro’s cash crisis have threatened to strike during the Olympics, warning tourists that they are at risk in the city as officers and firefighters are not being paid. (Telegraph http://bit.ly/29gF9Gc)

Cubans face tough times in the energy sector in the coming months, official media warned Tuesday amid orders from authorities to implement power-saving measures and some state-run entities reducing hours of operation. (AP http://yhoo.it/29hu2co)

Bolivia has nearly reached its coca crop-eradication goal, and the South American country is now mainly a transshipment point for cocaine, government officials said Tuesday. (AP http://yhoo.it/29gCHPR)

Feminists in Brazil who were on opposing sides are uniting to support the ousted first female president and protest against growing attacks on women’s rights (Guardian http://bit.ly/29huLuc)

Authorities in Puerto Rico say a nearly 2-year-old girl has drowned at a government-run home for abused children. (AP http://yhoo.it/29huXti)

…and the rest

Macedonian police say they have discovered 96 migrants from Syria, Afghanistan, Iran and Pakistan in an abandoned truck near the southern border town of Gevgelija. (AP http://yhoo.it/29htNOK)

Moves by the Bank of England boosted London stocks and sent the pound to a new 31-year low, but elsewhere stocks fell, with traders keeping a nervous eye on a brewing Italian banking crisis. (AFP http://yhoo.it/29gCAnr)

Refugees from Syria, Afghanistan, Iraq and other war-torn states use the traditional Balkan migration route despite its closure in March, rather than trying the hazardous Mediterranean Sea crossing between Libya and Italy, where thousands daily risk their lives. On the no man’s land between Serbia and Hungary, there’s little to fend off the scorching summer heat. (AP http://yhoo.it/29hurvl)

The European Union’s authority is fraying as governments and politicians in many members challenge EU policies and take aim at “Brussels bureaucracy” in the aftermath of Britain’s vote to leave the 28-nation bloc. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/29gCNav)

The Maldives’ foreign minister resigned Tuesday saying she has irreconcilable disagreements with the government’s decision to implement the death penalty. (AP http://yhoo.it/29hv2gP)

Hungary will hold a government-initiated referendum on Oct. 2 seeking political support to oppose any European Union efforts to resettle refugees among its member states, the office of President Janos Ader said Tuesday. (AP http://yhoo.it/29gD7Gf)

Thirteen regional lawmakers from the anti-immigrant Alternative for Germany quit on Tuesday over what they called the anti-Semitic views of a colleague, causing a damaging split in the right-wing party. (Reuters http://yhoo.it/29gCzQF)

Opinion/Blogs

We need to fight sexism to get more female surgeons in developing countries (Guardian http://bit.ly/29gozpO)

Nigeria: Why Twitter suspended Niger Delta Avengers’ account (Vangard http://bit.ly/29hh0vv)

Why Nigeria’s military make bad aid workers (IRIN http://bit.ly/29gpBCe)

U.K.’s Iraq War report could make grim reading for Tony Blair (AP http://yhoo.it/29htLWP)

Secret aid worker: consultants aren’t the problem, it’s the people who hire us (Guardian http://bit.ly/29gpczT)

Turkish citizenship for refugees: a political ploy? (AFP http://yhoo.it/29gGKMb)

The last Journalists in a dictatorship (Africa is a Country http://bit.ly/29gHr86)

Reading ICAI’s review of DFID WASH results (Public Spheres WB http://bit.ly/29hzs7d)

The correlation between economic freedom indexes and corruption indexes tells us nothing (Global Anticorruption Blog http://bit.ly/29gHD7p)

A look inside the Educate Girls development impact bond and the first-year results (Devex http://bit.ly/29gHDEu)

How digital finance empowers women (From Poverty to Power http://bit.ly/29izWK1)

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