Survivors

Yazidi women tell of rape, enslavement under ISIS

Displaced Iraqis from the Yazidi communitygather plants to make brooms in a field near a camp for internally displaced persons in Iraq. (SAFIN HAMED/AFP/Getty Images)

Yazidi women are being kidnapped and enslaved by ISIS fighters who trade them for as little as $10 or just 10 cigarettes, according to a report from NBC News, which interviewed women who have escaped ISIS control. A Yazidi woman calling herself Aveen said that girls as young as seven years old were taken by ISIS soldiers and held in a school with older women where guards would come in at night and rape them. She was held by a fighter in Raqqa who raped and beat her repeatedly during the course of a year before she was able to escape with the help of the fighter’s wife, she said. While more than half a million people have left the region, 2,000 women and girls remain under ISIS rule, according to the report. If and when they are able to escape, rape victims are often shunned in Yazidi culture, according to the report, though last year an edict from the religion’s highest authority ordered communities to embrace former ISIS captives.

“Every time a woman escapes we learn more about how they are using Yazidi women,” activist Khider Domle, who has interviewed dozens of women and girls who have fled, told NBC. “Some are sold for weapons, or for just $10, or 10 cigarettes,” Domle said.

Read the full story at NBC News.

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