Sisters tried to strangle each other to avoid being sold off as sex slaves after they were captured by ISIS.
Two Yazidi sisters held captive by ISIS have told of how they tried to kill each other when they realized they were going to be sold as wives to terrorist fighters.
Wafa, 27, and her sister, who has not been identified, were captured along with hundreds of other Yazidi women when the town on Sinjar fell into ISIS hands in August. Fearing they would be forced to marry or sold to another captor, they tried to strangle each other late at night and only stopped after other girls they were with woke up and separated them. Wafa said: ‘The man who was holding us said that either we marry him and his brother or he would sell us. At night we tried to strangle ourselves.
‘Two girls who were held with us woke up and stopped us and then stayed awake to watch over us. When they fell asleep at 5am we tried again, and again they woke up and stopped us. I could not speak for several days after that.’
The shocking account has been revealed in a new report by Amnesty International that has found Yazidi girls as young as 12 are being raped, sold and forced into marriage by their captors. Many girls will attempt to commit suicide in order to escape the horrendous conditions they are kept in, according to the charity, with terrorists threatening to kill their families if they take their own life.
A 20-year-old woman named Luna recalled how another woman named Jilan killed herself after fearing she was about to be forced into a marriage. Luna said: ‘We were 21 girls in one room, two of them were very young, 10-12 years old. 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 fighters seized thousands of Yazidi prisoners on August 3 this year after their ancestral home, the town of Sinjar, was overrun. The terrorists then began a campaign of ethnic cleansing against the Yazidis, who they believe to be devil-worshippers. According to UN figures around 5,000 men were gathered together and executed, while 7,000 women were taken and sold as slaves, forced into marriage, and raped. Incredibly many escaped captives have given accounts of fighters taking them back to their houses to live with their wives and children.
Despite living by a strict religious code, Islamic state fighters are allowed to take and have sex with Yazidi women because they view them as little more than property to be used.
Islamic state fighters are the most loathsome creatures on the planet… hopefully someone makes the decision to eradicate the disease of the Islamic State forever!