SAN DIEGO – A San Diego woman returned from Iraq after being on the front line of the fight against ISIS.
“With freedom comes a responsibility to help others,” said Jacqueline Isaac of San Diego. “I wanted to see it for myself.”
It took Isaac 25 hours to get to northern Iraq from San Diego. Isaac, an Egyptian-American woman, got a firsthand look at the fight between the terrorists and the American-backed Kurdish Army known as the Peshmerga.
“I could hear the fire going back and forth,” she said.
Isaac, a founder of the local non-profit Roads of Success, met with dozens of girls rescued from the hands of ISIS.
“The stories are unbelievable. You hear about the girls getting raped every day, getting exchanged where one man would buy a girl, another would do the same and just switch off,” she said.
Some of the victims were as young as 5-years-old.
One of Isaac’s main goals while in Iraq was delivering donations from San Diegans. She said the simplest donation of a toy brought joy to some young children.
Isaac is planning another trip to deliver donations including blankets, clothes and toys for the thousands of religious minorities still displaced after being forced out of their homes by terrorists.