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ISIL's sex slaves recount horrific stories of rape, abuse

İpek Yezdani - Hürriyet / Istanbul, April 29 () - They were kidnapped, sold as sex slaves and raped for months at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. Hundreds of them managed to reach safety in the territory of Iraq's...

ISIL's sex slaves recount horrific stories of rape, abuse

İpek Yezdani - Hürriyet / Istanbul, April 29 () - They were kidnapped, sold as sex slaves and raped for months at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants. Hundreds of them managed to reach safety in the territory of Iraq's...

29 Nisan 2015 Çarşamba 08:10
ISIL's sex slaves recount horrific stories of rape, abuse
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İpek Yezdani - Hürriyet / Istanbul, April 29 () - They were kidnapped, sold as sex slaves and raped for months at the hands of the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) militants.

Hundreds of them managed to reach safety in the territory of Iraq's Kurdistan Regional Government (KRG), either by escaping from ISIL by themselves of by the help of their relatives who paid ransom.

We have met the Yazidi women and girls in the Baadre, Shariya and Kepertu refugee camps in the northern Iraqi city of Duhok, listening to their immensely disturbing accounts of abuse in captivity.

Dalia: Sold for seven times

Dalia is a high school student from the Herdan village on Shengal Mountain in northern Iraq. She was only 19 years old when she finally escaped from ISIL on April 4, 2015.

She hardly speaks now, often with tearful eyes and with long periods of silence between difficult phrases that describe not only brutality, but also everything that is against humanity.

Dalia was abused, raped, tortured throughout nine months in captivity. She was sold and bought for seven times by different militants.

School turns into slave market

"On Aug. 3, 2014, we woke up to see ISIL militants raiding our village. Everyone was trying to escape, but they caught us," she said.

Here is the rest of her account:

"They gathered us in the village square. 'You will either convert to Islam or you will die,' they said. We accepted to convert out of fear. But anyway, they took all the village's men away and we have never heard of them so far.

"They sorted the young women from the old. They brought the young women and children to Tel Afar [a northern Iraqi city]. And then they took away the children who were older than five, including my brother. They imprisoned us at a school in Tel Afar. It was like a slave market. ISIL's amirs, including Turks, Germans and Chechens, have been coming each day and buying one of us. There were 12-13 years old girls.

Concubines as gift

"A Turkmen ISIL militant from Tel Afar brought me his home, where his wife and three children were also living. I stayed with him for five months. One day, an ISIL amir named Abu Mustafa forcibly took me from there and presented me as a gift to another amir named Aymen, who was Chechen.

"Before raping me, Aymen pulled my hair and forced my head into a bucket full of petrol. 'You are so dirty, this is how we clean you,' he said. Then he imprisoned me at his house and raped me for three days.

"Then I was exchanged with another Yazidi girl, who was made a concubine by Abu Salih. He raped me one night and then sent me back to Aymen. After 10 days, Abu Mustafa returned and bought me back, telling Aymen that I was gifted as a concubine, not to be exchanged.

"I stayed at Abu Mustafa's house for a month. Then he sold me to a man from Mosul named Izam. He was taking me at nights, raping me before bringing me back to my mother the following morning. I was going with him each night, crying.

ISIL's rules of enslaving

"After a month, he also sold me. I stayed with another man from Mosul until he was bored of me. Then an ISIL doctor in Tel Afar bought me, who treated me like Izam.

"One day I resisted him by taking the risk of being murdered. The ISIL leader in the village heard about it and told the doctor that Yazidi girls can 'only be owned by one person, but cannot be sold everyday.'

"Then he sold me to an Arab from Kirkuk, who later revealed to me that he bought me not to rape, but to free him in Kurdistan. With him, I went to Karbala, then to Baghdad and finally to Zakho, where he handed me over to the Kurdish police.

"My father was working in Zakho. He came to pick me up from the police station. When I saw him again, I thought I was flying. He started to cry. I was so happy that I almost forgot about everything I experienced."

Leyla: From Iraq to Syria

Leyla, 20, was captured by ISIL when militants raided the Kocho village on Shengal Mountain on Aug. 15, 2014. Since then, her mother, two sisters and brother have been ISIL's captives. Her father, on the other hand, is still missing.

"They carried away all the village's men with trucks," Leyla said in her account.

Although her account resembles Dalia's story on main aspects of ISIL's tactics, like separating and possibly killing all Yazidi men while taking women and children to school-turned-slave-markets, its details show how torment and torture at the hands of ISIL varied for each girl and woman.

"They kept us in an empty building in Mosul for two days. Then they brought us to Raqqa," Dalia said, referring to the ISIL stronghold in Syria.

Here is the rest of her account:

"ISIL militants have been coming everyday to pick three or four girls they liked. One day they bought my sisters and brought them to Mosul. Then, an ISIL militant bought me and another girl before taking us to the Iraqi town of Husaybah, which is six hours drive away.

'Caliph's order'

"He locked us in a house in Husaybah, then sold us to another ISIL militant. He took me back to Syria, to Aleppo. For four days, he raped me, handcuffed. Then he sold me to an Egyptian militant.

"The Egyptian brought me to Raqqa, imprisoned and raped me for eight months. I begged him for so many times, but he ignored. 'It is Caliph's (ISIL leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi) order,' he was saying in reply.

"I thought of committing suicide many times, but I decided not to do it because then my family would not be able to find my corpse. One day, when he was away, I used the home phone to call my uncle, who had a friend in Raqqa. He promised me to help. I escaped and met him at an internet cafe. Then he took me to Turkey with his motorcycle. We crossed the border illegally and I met my uncle in a restaurant in [the southeastern Turkish city of] Şanlıurfa. I burst into tears when I saw him."

Selma: Giving birth in captivity
 
When we met Selma, 26, she was freed from ISIL only 12 days ago. She has a 4 year-old son and a 6 month-old daughter, who was born when the mother was still a captive at the house of an ISIL militant.

Here is her account:
 
“After they raided our village in Sinjar, they took me to the city of Tal Afar with the other Yazidi women. My son was with me. They kept us in prison for one month , then they transported us to Raqqa in Syria. They put us together with some 500 women at the top floor of a building. Then ISIL militants came over and started to buy us one by one. One of them bought me with my son and took us to his home. My daughter was born there. Then he sold us to an ISIL militant for 2,600 dollars, who would later sell us to another man from Aleppo for 4,000 dollars. I found a mobile phone in his house and called my husband secretly. Then my husband paid him 20,000 dollars to take me back. Me and my children fled Turkey first, then we went to Zakho via Şanlıurfa.”

Bahar treated as 'property'

Bahar, 15, has been kept as a slave together with her cousins Hadiya, 24, and Nawin, 19, at the house of a married ISIL militant from Saudi Arabia:
 
“He was beating all of us everyday, and he was sexually abusing us at night. His wife said ‘I would have helped you if I could’, but she couldn’t do anything either. ‘We have founded the caliphate in order to spread Islam, so you have to convert to Islam,’ he said. We accepted to convert because we didn’t want to die. But still nothing changed in his behaviours. He kept saying ‘Yazidis are infidels, you are our property.’

"We tried to escape a couple of times but we couldn’t succeed.  One day he came over and said ‘I am leaving to Kobane for jihad.’ And he left us at the house of another ISIL militant. He also kept another Yazidi girl at home.

"This girl’s uncle called someone that he knew in Raqqa. ‘I paid him, so he is going to help you to escape’, her uncle said. We called the guy, he told us to meet at the square in Raqqa at 1 p.m. He took us by a taxi and brought us to the Turkish border. We crossed the border and went to Gaziantep with the help of a Kurdish person from Diyarbakır. Then we went to Zakho through Halil İbrahim Border Gate in Cizre.”

Rudeyna's family taken hostage
 
One of the 216 Yazidi hostages that ISIL has released a few weeks ago was 10 year-old Rudeyna, who was kidnapped and kept by ISIL for nine months.
 
“They have tortured and beheaded people in front of this poor child, she is highly traumatized," her aunt told us before we start talking to Rudeyna.

"She was like insane when she first arrived, yelling and crying all the time. She is still seeing nightmares every night. She starts crying whenever she sees a bearded man," the aunt added.

Shooting randomly
 
After Rudeyna accepted to talk to us, we went inside the tent that they have been staying with her aunt in the Kepertu refugee camp:
 
“I was so scared when they (ISIL) attacked our village last August. We hid inside a room with my mother but they caught us. They they started shooting randomly and killed our neighbours before our eyes. They captured all of my family that day, they took all of us to different places. They also took my brothers and sisters. I haven’t seen my mother and father since that day..."

Most vicious people on Earth
 
ISIL militants seperated Rudeyna from her parents and took her to Mosul with her grandmother.
 
“They put us in a school with many other Yazidi women. A couple of days later, they came and took all the young girls," Rudeyna added. "They told us we can never see our families again. They tortured the women who tried to resist. They also did bad things to me. They are the most vicious people on Earth."

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