Escape from hell- Torture, sexual slavery in Islamic State captivity in Iraq provides an insight into the horrifying abuse suffered by hundreds and possibly thousands of Yezidi (Kurdish ethnoreligious group) women and girls who have been forcibly married, “sold” or given as “gifts” to IS fighters or their supporters. Often, captives were forced to convert to Islam. (Amnesty International)
Amnesty International said that the group had “systematically” raped, imprisoned, and physically and emotionally tortured Yazidi women and girls, forcing them into sexual slavery and marrying them off against their will.
“Many of those held as sexual slaves are children – girls aged 14, 15 or even younger. IS fighters are using rape as a weapon in attacks amounting to war crimes and crimes against humanity.” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Advisor, who spoke to more than 40 former captives in northern Iraq.
In September a young Yazidi male had told Amnesty that his 19-year-old sister Jilan had committed suicide in ISIS captivity in Mosul.
Interviews carried out in compiling the Amnesty’s report confirmed that Jilan had indeed committed suicide (BuzzFeed):
We were 21 girls in one room, two of them were very young, 10-12 years. One day we were given clothes that looked like dance costumes and were told to bathe and wear those clothes.
Jilan killed herself in the bathroom. She cut her wrists and hanged herself. She was very beautiful. I think she knew that she was going to be taken away by a man and that is why she killed herself.
Isis claims that such treatment of the Yazidis, whose ancient religion is drawn from Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism and who Isis call apostates, is permissible under Sharia law. (The Independent)