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Yazidi women tell of horror of ISIL captivity and slave auctions

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Yazidi women tell of horror of ISIL captivity and slave auctions


Amsha is 19-years-old and she has a baby. She was abducted from Sinjar by ISIL fighters and brought to Mosul from where she fled with the help of local Shiites.

Her husband was shot in front of her on the night of Aug. 3 when they fled after Kurdish fighters protecting them disappeared, despite promising all would be safe. Then she was sold as a slave.

“One Yazidi woman was given to 10 Muslim ISIL men. We were sold for 10 or 12 dollars. Who could accept that behaviour? Can God accept that? It’s a shame to rape a women, but when she is raped by 10 men… what is this? They are animals, they are not humans. Because of them I am afraid all the time,” says Amsha.

Before the auction the women were raped by their captors, who seem to take a particular pleasure in victimising the Yazidi minority, many of whom have been forced from their homes.

“Three days ago I talked to my mother. She had buried her mobile so that no-one could find it. Because the djihadists are searching and if they find it, they will shoot the person in the head. I think they found my sister’s phone, because she has not been calling for 12 days,” Amsha added.

The women say several captives killed themselves rather than be sold, and that if women had children these were separated from their mothers and sent away to ISIL schools in Mosul.

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