You’ve likely seen selfies of social media friends with big red X’s on their hands today. The awareness efforts are part of the End It campaign, an initiative to fight human trafficking around the world, help victims and teach others about the terrible realities of modern human trafficking. Along with the selfie campaign, activists are encouraging others to make a $7 donation (or collect groups of friends in teams who will donate), that will go to support projects that rescue and restore victims and help fund the fight against global human trafficking. Organizations like World Vision, IJM, Not For Sale and The Salvation Army are just a few of the groups working with End It to help victims and take down trafficking rings. You can head over to EndItMovement.com to learn about the campaign, check out some the leaders (Bob Goff, Louie Giglio, NBA star Kyle Korver and others) who are assembling teams now, or set up your own team to raise support for the End It movement ... Discuss
Reports are coming in saying ISIS took a small western Iraqi town called al-Baghdadi and burned 45 people alive. The victims' identities remain unknown, but local police told the BBC that some of them might be part of a resistance movement that had been battling ISIS for control of the city. The rest of the security personnel and their families are housed in a compound that is now reported to be under ISIS siege.
Al-Baghdadi is only a few miles from Ain al-Asad air base, where 400 U.S. military personnel are training Iraqi fighters. Discuss