It is not that nobody knew of the atrocities, it’s that nobody cared.
Kobani is the last stop on ISIL’s northern scourge in Northern Iraq and Syria and the massacre and continuing sexual violence is on the entire Western Alliance. Turkey sat back and did nothing.
The fleeing civilians from this Northern Syrian city have nowhere to go. Here in these pictures you see them lined up at the Turkish border being turned away. The Turks are now using weapons and water canon to push back terrorized refugees who must now face torture, rape, enslavement and death at the hands of the ISIL.
RINJ has been throughout 2013 and 2014 recruiting volunteers and investigating Islamic State / IS /ISIS / ISIL crimes against women and children in particular.
The collection of data for each specific child/adult rape case; the ensuing official swearing of the evidence; and the laying of the charge is an incremental element of the larger process of proving the international crimes of:
3) Crimes against humanity
4) sexual violence in conflict zones
5) and links directly or indirectly other war crimes like mass murder and more
Not until 2017 is the ICC mandated to try cases of aggression but the precursor files that The RINJ Foundation is investigating and preparing can be heard immediately upon completion of filing and due processes of notification. Each case contributes patterned elements to an argument that leads to the larger crimes by:
1) establishing motive for the larger crimes of aggression and genocide;
2) establishing a pattern of activity that demonstrates the intent of the crimes; and
3) proves that the crimes did happen with intent.
More about Kobani here.