Yazidi Girl Kidnapped By Isis Recalls Her Escape
A teenage Yazidi girl who escaped after over a year of captivity under Islamic State (ISIS) described brutal conditions and sexual slavery at the hands of the militants, in a video released by a charity group on Wednesday (June 22).
Nihad Narakat Shamo Alawsi was one of thousands of Yazidis taken prisoner by the jihadist group when it captured her hometown of Sinjar in August 2014, according to the Amar International Charitable Foundation. Alawsi was 15 years old at the time of her kidnapping, the group said.
In the video Alawsi says she was beaten and raped repeatedly by two ISIS fighters during her 15 months in captivity. One of the militants impregnated the girl after buying her as slave for $800.
"I felt like committing suicide," she said in the interview, adding, "I felt that I had a criminal from Daesh (ISIS) inside me. I tried many times to abort it."
Alawsi was not successful in aborting the fetus and said she has come to love the child, a boy, after its birth. But she left the infant behind when she eventually escaped ISIS territory.
Now 17 years old, Alawsi lives with her family in Iraqi Kurdistan, according to Amar. She works with the foundation and its partner group, the Women Against Radicalisation Network, near the city of Dohuk.
Yazidis are a religious minority in Syria and Iraq that have been systematically targeted by ISIS in what the United Nations has labelled a genocide. At least 30 mass graves of Yazidis have been uncovered in the war-torn countries, and an estimated 3,200 Yazidi women and children are held by the jihadist group, the U.N. has said.
Amar is an emergency aid and education group that serves refugees and distressed communities in the Middle East.
Alawsi hopes to return to school to finish her studies by the end of 2016.