Since ISIS launched its Islamic jihad, horror stories of atrocities have poured out of Iraq and Syria. Now several girls, sold by Islamic fighters, have escaped and are sharing their stories.
None of the stories have been independently verified, but all reflected circumstances reported by the United Nations last month. According to the United Nations, as many as 1,000 women and children have been kidnapped by the jihadist army.
Islamic State does nothing to hide the fact that it targets all non-Muslims. Indeed, from their videotaped beheadings to their bombing of religious sites, they have publicly displayed their gruesome acts.
Married by force
ISIS considers the Yazidis a heretical sect and has given many of them ultimatums to convert to Islam, flee their homes or be killed.
They don’t even give mercy to women and children.
« I was sold to Syria. I stayed about five days with my two sisters, then one of my sisters was sold and taken to Mosul and I stayed in Syria, » said a 15-year-old Yazidi girl. Her identity has been kept secret out of concern for the safety of her family, who remain captives of ISIS terrorists.
Militants had taken over Sinjar, his hometown, killing hundreds and forcing thousands more to flee for survival.
For weeks, the girl and two of her sisters were moved from place to place.
« Those who didn’t want to get married got married by force, whether they became Muslims or not. They insisted on marrying us, even offering to live together and then get married, » he added.
She claimed she shot the Palestinian man she was married to in an attempt to escape, but then a Saudi fighter bought her for $1,000 and took her to his home as his new wife.
« He told me, ‘I will change your name to Abeer so that your mother won’t recognize you. You will become a Muslim; then I will marry you. But I refused to become a Muslim and that’s why I ran away, » she said.
Again, he planned an escape. She said she found a narcotic powder in the Saudi man’s house and poured it into the tea she served to him and other fighters living in the house. The dust made them sleep heavily.
She said she then found a man who would take her to Turkey to meet her brother and a smuggler who would take them to Iraq.
« Nothing Can Be Worse Than This »
Amsha Ali, a 19-year-old Yazidi woman, and her 20-month-old son Muayed were taken from Sinjar in early August and held by ISIS terrorists for 25 days along with other women.
“By God, when they took girls and women it was a very sad feeling for me. I saw many killings, killings of Yazidis, but killing was not the hardest thing for me. Even when (ISIS) forced my husband, brother-in-law and my father-in-law on the ground to be murdered – it was painful, but marrying them was the worst. It was the hardest thing for me. »
Amsha was forced to marry an ISIS militant after her husband was kidnapped and allegedly killed.
“I told them (other kidnapped Yazidi girls) that there is nothing worse than this. Nothing can be worse than this and nothing worse than this can happen to us. I was telling them that they killed our men and destroyed our houses and if we stay in their hands, they will marry us and we can live only married but they were scared. I kept telling them “let’s run away” but nobody listened to me. The terror left them in this situation and now I don’t know anything about that what happened to them,” said Amsha, eight months pregnant with her Yazidi husband’s child.
During her captivity her captors threatened to kill her 20-month-old son if she did not convert to Islam and accept the Muslim name of Sara.
She managed to escape Mosul by escaping through the bathroom window at night. Amsha now lives with 27 relatives in an unfinished building in the Yazidi city of Sharia. Her husband is still missing.
Other women have spoken with the Associate Pressdescribing how the militants would deprive them of food, water or even a place to sit.
All reported seeing dozens of other Yazidi women and children, including infants, in captivity. And they all said they have relatives who are still missing.
Another 19-year-old Yazidi woman, who also chose not to be named, recounted how she was forced to care for a 13-year-old girl who was being groomed to marry an ISIS fighter.
She was also forcibly married along with two other women to a fighter who lived in Mosul.
The girls who spoke to the AP all confirmed that many women still remain captives with no hope of escape. They said others were killed by militants when they tried to escape and many were raped if caught.