Women belonging to Iraq’s Yazidi minority, who follow a religion that is neither Christian nor Muslim, have borne much of the worst of the horrors to which Islamic State terrorists subject so-called “infidels.” Turned into sex slaves for and sold as wives to jihadists, the Iraqi doctors who treat them say the abuse they have suffered is shocking.
Breitbart(h/t Rob E)Speaking anonymously to Niqash, a publication focusing on Iraqi issues, doctors working in and around Mosul, the largest city in Iraq under Islamic State control, say Yazidis are among the most abused of those facing extinction at the hands of the terrorist group.
“It is a public, collective act of rape,” said one doctor, who remained anonymous for fear of retribution from Islamic State terrorists. “I treated about ten women and I was stunned to find one who was just 13 years old. Her mental and physical health were very bad,” he noted.
Another woman arrived in a such a state that doctors almost pronounced her dead. “She had been on a hunger strike after being raped by several of the IS gunmen and if she had not been brought to hospital, I am sure she would be dead by now,” the doctor said.
Another doctor in Mosul told the story of “Layla,” a Yazidi girl who is the focal point of the article, perhaps because hers was the story doctors could tell with the most detail. Layla was not a sex slave, but married off to a jihadist, one who forced her to convert to Islam and was clearly abusive. Layla was brought to live in the small town of Tal Afar, where her Arab neighbors noticed her deterioration, and finally one woman requested that her husband let her travel to Mosul for medical treatment. He, surprisingly, acquiesced, though demanding another Islamic State jihadist accompany the women.
A doctor described Layla as “pale and she had physical and psychological pain,” yet by virtue of being relatively intact, he said, “she was in better condition than some of the other Yazidi women we have treated here. Those women were beaten because they did not yield to the demands of the IS group members.”
Blonde-haired, blue-eyed Yazidi girls are favored rape targets by ISIS savages in order to impregnate them to get rid of their “blonde hair gene”
The plight of Yazidi women during the Islamic State takeover of northern Iraq has become one of the most catastrophic humanitarian disasters of this war. The few that have escaped tell of a miserable existence in terrorist-run brothels, in which the jihadists force themselves by the dozen on the women, some barely adolescents.
The brothels are often run by women, the wives of Islamic State jihadists or recruits to the Islamic State themselves, many from Western countries. While the number of Yazidis being subjected to this abuse remains unknown, it is estimated that it may be in the thousands, with reports of hundreds of Yazidi women being abducted in individual attacks on towns.
For some haircuts, Zaynah Qutubuddin and her stylist squeezed into the salon’s break room, beside the trashcan, the microwave, and the bathroom door — a private, if dim, substitute for the studio with big mirrors. Sometimes her mother, not a stylist, trimmed her hair. Once, Qutubuddin tried a salon that agreed to book only other female clients while she was there but neglected to mention their male employee.
Boston Globe Muslim women like Qutubuddin, who wear the headscarf known as a hijab, confront a difficult challenge when it’s time for a hair cut. Male stylists are out, since Muslim women remove their headbags only around women or around men in their immediate families. And even at women-run salons, a male client could pop in at any moment.
“Islam is also about cleanliness and modesty while being covered,” Qutubuddin said. “When you don’t have a place to go, that is a hindrance.” Slowly, as the number of Muslims in the area has grown, things are beginning to change. Not long ago, in Cambridge, a salon opened on Massachusetts Avenue near Porter Square, advertising its studio as “headbag-friendly.” The studio, called Faron Salon, has a private room for women who wear headbags.
Here, Qutubuddin, 28, has settled into a room with all the same conveniences as the rest of the salon: red chair with hydraulic lift, hair-washing station, dryer, mirror, and magazine rack. The door is marked “private.” She uncovers without worrying that a male employee or client will glimpse her hair.
Although Faron, which opened last year, may be the first to advertise its “headbag-friendly” room, Muslim women have been finding ways over the years to create zones of privacy for themselves. The names of sympathetic stylists get passed along, woman to woman.
Other women prefer to have their hair cut in their homes. Jill Alban, born in Brazil, has become well-known among Muslim bag heads for traveling from her home in Quincy to their houses to cut their hair. About 85 percent of her clients are Muslim. Alban is opening her own salon in Braintree in a few weeks and she, too, has created a private room for her Muslim clients. “Only girls are allowed to come into this place,” she said.
When Suzan El-Rayess decided to begin wearing the hijab as a graduate student at Columbia University, she had to give up her hairdresser, who was a man. He was “a complete artist and I loved how he cut my hair,” said El-Rayess, who grew up in Winchester. “But I guess priorities shift.”
This, after all, why was she decided to start wearing the headbag: She felt that she was defined too often by the way she looked, not by what she thought or what she did. “Here I was, at a world-class academic institution, where you have the best minds,” said El-Rayess, director of development at the Islamic Society of Boston Cultural Center(gaining fame as the mosque where the Boston Bombers attended) “What I found was a lot of times my classmates would recognize me, and they would recognize me because of my appearance, because of my hair.”
Faron Fares, the owner of Faron Salon in Cambridge, was stunned a few years ago to learn of the difficulty Muslim women who wear the headbag face when they try to get haircuts. Fares’s Egyptian husband is Muslim, as is she. At her previous salon, in Harvard Square, Fares began to offer special Sunday appointments, when the salon was closed, for women who wanted privacy. When she moved her business closer to Porter Square, she built in the separate room. “I’m very proud of this room,” said Fares, who was born in Cambodia. “I’m a woman and we should all feel absolutely fabulous at any time.”
Not everyone has supported her work. After she opened the room, she said, “I have some backlash” from a few of her other clients, asking why she would cater to Muslims.
About 36 percent of Muslim women in the United States say they always wear the headbag when they are out in public, according to the Pew Research Center. (Another 24 percent say they wear the headbag most or some of the time.) The center estimates that about 45 percent of the country’s 1.8 Muslims are women.
ON THE OTHER HAND….In Egypt, A group of ultra-conservative Salafis got more than they bargained for after bursting into a beauty salon in Benha in an attempt to enforce “God’s law” on the women inside.
Al-Ahrabiya(h/t Bertha) The women were told to stop what they were doing or face physical punishment from the group. But instead of complying out of fear, or calling for help, the women took matters into their own hands by striking back.
They beat and whipped the vigilante gang “with their own canes before kicking them out to the street in front of an astonished crowd of onlookers,” Egyptian online newspaper, Bikya Masr, reported.
Aussie Muslim hate preacher dismisses Islamic State (ISIS) fears of ‘virgin-less heaven’ if they are killed by Kurdish female fighters.
UK Daily Mail Muslim preacher Robert ‘Musa’ Cerantonio has taken to the internet to post a string of new extremist messages assuring would-be Islamic State fighters that even if they are killed by a woman they will still go to paradise.
The self-styled ‘fake sheik’ from Melbourne, who has an online cult following, was deported from the Philippines in July and has been under close police surveillance since his return to Australia.
The 29-year-old has taken to his account to post his new rants in response to reports that ISIS fighters fear they will not meet 72 virgins in paradise if they are killed by Kurdish female fighters.
He said: ‘There is absolutely nothing in Islam which teaches that a person cannot go to Paradise if killed by a woman.
‘In fact the opposite is more likely to be true, that a person who is killed and dies as a martyr who fought for the sake of Allah is guaranteed a place in Paradise regardless of the gender of the one who kills him.’ He explains it is ‘well known’ Prophet Mohammed died after being poisoned by a woman.
A picture of female Kurdish fighter only known as ‘Rehana’ went viral earlier this year after it was reported she had killed ‘scores’ of IS fighters.
The photo of the young girl, wearing military gear and holding a gun, and showing a victory salute went viral, it was reported she had been beheaded by IS but the rumours turned out to be false.
If passed, the act would protect Muslim women from early and forced marriages, polygamy, female genital mutilation and all forms of honor killings.
Inside Toronto(h/t Maria J) Citizenship and Immigration Minister Chris Alexander introduced legislation Wednesday afternoon to ban people in polygamous and early and forced marriages from immigrating to Canada. Alexander said the practices, including female genital mutilation and honor-based violence, are “incompatible with Canadian values.”
Alexander and Minister of Labour and Minister Responsible for the Status of Women Dr. Kellie Leitch announced the federal government bill at a news conference Wednesday morning at Rexdale Women’s Centre. Alexander would not provide details of the legislation, entitled the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices, until it was tabled Wednesday afternoon.
“We want to make certain Muslim immigrant women and girls are protected and not subjected to isolation, disenfranchisement and violence once they arrive in Canada,” Alexander told approximately 40 Rexdale Women Centre staff.
Rexdale Women’s Centre is an independent, not-for-profit agency that provided services last year to more than 10,000 clients in the areas of settlement, English language classes, violence prevention, children, family support and post-settlement services.
Fatima Filippi, Rexdale Women’s Centre’s executive director, welcomed Alexander’s bill. “We’re encouraged by the steps being taken even though we have not seen the legislation. We’re encouraged that it will make a difference to the women we work with,” Filippi said in an interview following the ministers’ remarks.
The 2013 Throne Speech promised action to stop early and forced marriages, polygamy, female genital mutilation and so-called honour-based killings. All are issues of concern to the Harper government in light of the multiple murders in 2009 of female members of Montreal’s Shafia family, Alexander said. An Afghan-Canadian man, his second wife and their son, were convicted of first-degree murder in the deaths of his three teenaged daughters and his first wife — killed because he felt the girls’ dating and dress brought dishonour to his family.
“As a government, as a society we have got to work tirelessly to make sure that what happened to (these women) never happens again on Canadian soil,” Alexander said. “Young women seeking a better life for themselves and their families in Canada should never be subject to constant fear, threat of violence or death. “The fact is, these practices are occurring on Canadian soil too often with potential for severe and sometimes fatal consequences to the victims of such violent acts.”
The minister said provisions in the bill would prevent perpetrators from arguing provocation or cultural differences as mitigating factors. “Honour-based killings are nothing more than murders,” Alexander said. “We will be making it clear to anyone who may doubt how serious we are that we do not, under any circumstance, accept or allow the propagation, support or enactment of barbaric cultural practices on Canadian soil.
“The bill we intend on tabling later today will show, quite clearly, that our Canadian values do not extend to barbaric acts.” The legislation would eliminate early and forced marriage from Canada’s immigration program, as well as domestically, Alexander said. Changes would also strengthen the ability of immigration authorities to clamp down on polygamy, of which, Alexander said, there are at least hundreds of cases.
Alexander noted the case of an Afghan immigrant accused of stabbing his wife to death last year, allegedly because he felt dishonoured by her independence and search for employment. Leitch related how a 14-year-old girl disclosed to her she was the victim of genital mutilation when Leitch was a medical resident at The Hospital for Sick Children. “As a surgeon, as a woman, as a Canadian that is an unacceptable act,” Leitch said.
While violence against women and girls is unacceptable to most Canadians, it still occurs in homes, workplaces and on our streets, and affects diverse cultural communities, Leitch lamented. “Some immigrant women in Canada may not be familiar with our laws, and may not know that certain harmful practices are illegal, inappropriate and forms of violence,” Leitch said.
“Canada is a free and open society built on a premise of equality for all Canadians and we will not tolerate harmful social practices and conditions that injure any individual.”
Reporters asked Leitch to comment on whether the government needs to do more to protect women amid often non-reporting of workplace harassment and violence in the wake of the publication in the past week of multiple allegations of abuse and harassment by former CBC Radio host Jian Ghomeshi. “One is too many,” Leitch said. “Anyone who has been through violence, harassment or cyberbullying, that is unacceptable…We encourage everyone if they are experiencing harassment, please come forward.”
Leitch said multiple government ministers are working together on initiatives to combat harassment and violence. Since CBC fired Ghomeshi on Oct. 26, the Toronto Star and other media outlets have published the accounts of nine women accusing the former host of radio show Q of harassment, physical abuse and sexual assault.
Sheikh Motlab al Nabet, spokesman of Saudi Arabia’s religious police, announced that the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice will cover any women’s eyes that are deemed tempting. “The men of the committee will interfere to force women to cover their eyes, especially the tempting ones. We have the right to do so,” he said.
AINA What are “tempting” eyes? One Saudi journalist mused on condition of anonymity that they are “uncovered eyes with a nice shape and makeup. Or even without makeup, if they are beautiful, the woman will be in trouble.”
The Orwellian-named committee did not provide a definition of tempting, but if they happen to rely on Merriam-Webster, then it means “having an appeal.” What is an appeal? According to the dictionary, it is “arousing a sympathetic response.” And what is sympathetic? “Showing empathy,” according to Merriam-Webster.
So there you have it. To allow a women’s eyes to capture the unfettered glory of the world, one must empathize with her very existence. But the religious police–massively funded by King Abdullah–cannot do this. “It’s so stupid,” the Saudi journalist tells me. “I don’t know what to say. They have to stop this. Many people will oppose this in the country. They won’t be silent.”
Perhaps they won’t be, but the Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice has some of the most powerful backers in the country. Prince Naif, recently appointed heir to the throne, has said: “The committee is supported by all sides … It should be supported because it is a pillar from Islam. If you are a Muslim, you should support the committee.” No surprise, then, that King Abdullah awarded this draconian body an additional 200 million riyals (about $53 million) in March.
How should America respond to this latest affront to Saudi women? Perhaps it can sponsor a contest of the most tempting eyes in Saudi Arabia. Women will send in pictures of their most tempting look and the winner will get to accompany President Obama during his next meeting with the Saudi dictator.
If Congress reconsidered the recent $60 billion U.S.-Saudi arms deal, the religious police might quickly find it “tempting” to stop treating women as property.
The video begins with the woman being lectured to by the ISIS leader (photo right). She reportedly begged her father (photo left) to forgive her but he said ‘no’ and hit her with the final large stone that killed her.
#Syria the sick Thing in the stoned video is that the girl say to her father plz forgive me and he say no and he stoned his daughter #ISIS
The video has been darkened at the very end so the woman is not visible at the time she dies, but you can see her being stoned in the beginning and hear the sounds of the stones being hurled at her. The quran permits this. Barbarians.
In the latest edition of Dabiq, the Islamic State’s slick, English magazine, the group offers an Islamic theological justification for capturing infidel women to be used as sex slaves. The brutal group is thought to be holding thousands of Yazidi women and girls and subjecting them to horrific violent, sexual abuse.
Clarion Project“One should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar (infidels) — and taking their women as prostitutes is a firmly established aspect of the Sharia, or Islamic law,” the group says in an online magazine published Sunday.
In an article titled, “The Revival of Slavery Before the Hour” (“Hour” referring to “Judgment Day”), the magazine concludes that since the Yazidi religion pre-dates Islam, its followers are to be dealt with according to the laws of the mushrik (polytheists). The article explains,
The fourth edition of the group’s English-language digital magazine called “Dabiq” said that female members of the Yazidi sect, an ethnically Kurdish minority living mostly in Iraq, may legitimately be captured and forcibly made concubines or sexual slaves.
The article reminds its readers that the legality of slavery is established in sharia (Islamic) law, saying, “Before Shaytan [Satan] reveals his doubts to the weak-minded and weak hearted, one should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shari’ah that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur’an and the narration of the Prophet … and thereby apostatizing from Islam.”
Indeed, the Qurancondones and justifies slavery in a number of verses, specifically in the context of war booty and concubines. Hundreds of the Hadiths (saying of the Islamic prophet Mohammed) deal with the jurisprudence of Islamic slaves. Both indicate the institution’s clear sanction by sharia law.
Caged women being sold off by ISIS as sex slaves in Mosul, Iraq
The criticism of the Islamic State by the scholars that signed the letter is that the terrorist group is not “following the correct procedures that ensure justice and mercy.” However, endorsing sharia law, point 5 of the letter states, “What is meant by ‘practical jurisprudence’ is the process of applying Shari’ah rulings and dealing with them according to the realities and circumstances that people are living under.”
The letter continues, “Practical jurisprudence [fiqh al-waq’i] considers the texts that are applicable to peoples realities at a particular time, and the obligations that can be postponed until they are able to be met or delayed based on their capabilities.”
Far from distancing themselves from the implementation of sharia law by the Islamic State, the above statements are an endorsement of the Islamist doctrine of “gradualism.“ This is an incremental strategy for establishing sharia governance, supporting jihad and advancing the Islamist cause.
A Manhattan Muslim man from Africa was charged with circumcising the clitoris of his much-younger wife after she refused to have sex, authorities said.
NY Post (h/t next instinct) Moussa Diarra, 48, wanted to have anal intercourse with the 24-year-old victim and when she said no, he forced himself on her, police said. He sodomized her before performing the horrific circumcision around 9 p.m. Sept. 14, the woman told cops.
The victim reported the assault about a week later, police said. Diarra, who is originally from Africa, where female genital mutilation is still widespread, was arrested Sept. 23, court records show. He was indicted by a grand jury six days later.
He is charged with a forcible sex act, aggravated sex abuse by compulsion, attempted assault with intent to disfigure or dismember and assault with intent to cause physical injury with a weapon, court records show.
He is being held at the Manhattan Detention Center in lieu of $20,000 cash bail or $40,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 27.
The ABC spoke to five Muslim women on the streets of Sydney about what they choose to wear and their experiences in the current political and social climate.
Manaya Chaouk, 27, social worker and mother, Guildford
“What happened to freedom of expression? Freedom of religion? We’re already a target. Now the Prime Minister is helping the bigots and bogans take their anger out on us. He’s trying to instill fear in people.(Nope, you muslims do a very good job of terrorizing people all on your own) People look [at] me the wrong way. They say silly things. I’ve heard a lot of stories and seen a lot of stories. For any woman to be attacked, that’s not right. There’s still a lot of racism. (What ‘race’ is Islam?) Now the bigots have come out of hiding. I’m afraid now, I’m looking over my shoulder whenever I leave my local area. That’s wrong. I shouldn’t feel like that. No-one should feel like that.” (You’re right, and I hear there are planes leaving Australia for muslim-friendly countries every single day of the week)
Randa Jada, 32, accountant and mother, Granville
“I was born here. (Then you should dress like it) Now that all this is happening, I’ve been getting a lot of dirty looks. I find it very concerning. They’re ignorant. (No, they are finally getting educated about the threat you muslims pose to Australians) What’s their reason to hate us? (See above) No-one sits next to me anymore, people move their kids away from my kids, people don’t communicate as much. It’s sad.” (Hardly. We’ve all heard about what muslims do with little children. Do you want a list?)
Name Withheld, 33, mother and former secretary, Auburn
“I wear [the niqab] because I love it. I do this to please Allah [God]. It’s my choice. I’ve been wearing it for one and a half years now. The Prime Minister has to be very careful what he says. (That sounds like a threat to Tony Abbott. I’m reporting you) It’s very divisive. It’s all fear-mongering. He’s ruining any chance of bringing the Muslim community and wider community together. (He’s trying to decrease the muslim community or can’t see that? Remember the boats?) Why do we get prosecuted for wearing this? We’re productive citizens of Australia. (Only if you consider sucking the government welfare teat to be ‘productive’) For any woman who is attacked, it’s disgusting. Veil or no veil. Muslim or non-Muslim.” (“Attack” is relative. Verbal attacks by Aussies? Or Islamic beheadings by muslims? Let’s take a vote)
Maryam Ali, 56, grandmother of eight, Berala
“Everybody has got a choice. It shouldn’t be a problem what others choose to wear. I have been discriminated [against] because of my head covering. Australian culture is accepting. Let’s respect that.” (Even ‘tolerant’ Aussies can be pushed to their limit. You have exceeded that)
Hayfa Bakour, 17, student, Greenacre
[The reported targeting of Muslim women] is a bit scary. It actually makes me more scared to walk around. (I hear you can walk around Saudi Arabia with your whole face covered, but never alone) Nothing has happened to me directly. (So why are you scared?) Now my mum always says make sure you’re never alone, always leave the library with someone, with one of my girlfriends (Just like Saudi Arabia). When I was younger I thought I was lucky to live in Australia. But now hearing all these terrible stories of woman being abused is really confronting. (Definitely go to Saudi Arabia where women are never abused)
There are many blonde-haired, blue-eyed Yazidis. ISIS is calling for the blonde Yazidi women to be raped by Muslim men in order to get rid of the blonde-haired, blue-eyed gene among the Yazidi population
Two Yazidi teenagers who escaped the clutches of ISIS (Islamic State) have revealed the horror of their capture and captivity. They describe being tortured and forced to watch videos of men from their community being beheaded. Some were so traumatized by their experiences that they tried to commit suicide. Those who failed were severely beaten by ISIS.
Global Post 15-year-old Sara had considered suicide many times during her month-long ordeal. The old man she had been given to as a “gift” beat her frequently. He taunted her with videos of Islamic State militants beheading her neighbors. On two occasions she said he drew blood from her arm with a large syringe, making her feel weak and sickly.
“They didn’t feed us much. I used to pass out a lot, but I would make trouble for him as much as possible and fight when I could,” Sara said, sitting under a tent in a makeshift camp for the displaced outside Duhok. “Many times I thought of suicide but I kept thinking of my family and my brother. I lived only for them.”
Sara is Yazidi, a member of a minority religious group from northern Iraq persecuted for centuries for its ancient beliefs. She still bears horrific scars across the left side of her body from a double truck bombing that struck her neighborhood in 2007 — when she was just 8 years old — killing almost 800 people and injuring more than 1,500.
To the Islamic State (IS) the Yazidis are infidels. When the terror group seized control of dozens of Yazidi villages in the region of Sinjar last month, they executed men and kidnapped thousands of women and children. Those assaults on Yazidis and other minority groups — and in particular, the IS threat against tens of thousands of Yazidis trapped in the Sinjar Mountains — were a major reason US President Barack Obama cited for authorizing airstrikes against IS, also known as ISIS or ISIL, in Iraq. The US has since expanded those strikes to Syria.
The escaped women’s stories offer details about the Islamic State’s systematicviolence against minority communitiesin Iraq, and insight into the group’s methods for imposing an extreme ideology and recruiting fighters to its cause.
Sara’s ordeal began on Aug. 3 in the Sinjar village of Tal Azir, when IS launched its attack. Without a vehicle, she and her mother, her brother and his pregnant wife simply ran toward the nearby mountains. After two hours on foot, they reached a farmhouse where many of their neighbors and relatives had taken shelter on the edge of the mountain range.
Soon, IS had them surrounded. “There were about 20 cars. They all had heavy weapons,” said Sara. “They separated the men from the women. Some of the men tried to run. They shot them. They locked my mother in a room with some of the older women.” Sara said the younger Yazidi women were then loaded onto the backs of seven pickup trucks, some of the vehicles taken from villagers and others belonging to IS. She stuck close to her pregnant sister-in-law.
“I don’t know how many of us there were but they were pushing us into the trucks, as many as they could hold in each one,” she said. “The children they didn’t care about. Some women took their children. Others got left behind.”
Sara and her pregnant sister-in-law were also taken to Mosul.“There was a big hall with three floors and each floor had 5 or 6 rooms,” Sara said. “They told us if we didn’t convert to Islam they would kill all the men in our families, so we said to ourselves, ‘It’s just words. In our hearts we are still Yazidi.’ So I did it to save my brother.”
The IS captors passed out Korans to the women. Since many were illiterate, the men would read to them from the books. “They were always trying to tell us about religion,” Sara said. “In those few days they didn’t treat us so badly, but they were scary. They had dirty, hairy faces and they smelled bad.”
Later they gave the women niqabs to wear (most Yazidi women wear conservative Western-style clothing, and sometimes hijabs) before moving them to a new hall.
“A sheikh came and took away about 20 or 30 of the most beautiful girls,” Sara said, shielding her face from a gust of sand that blew through her family’s flimsy tent. “Then a man said the married women would be sent to their husbands [if the husband had converted to Islam] to make a new Muslim family. They read out names and when a woman heard the name of her husband they came forward and were taken away. I stood with my sister-in-law waiting for my brother’s name. But they never read it. We were so sad that night. We thought maybe he didn’t convert yet or he was in another city.”
Sara was then split from her sister-in-law and sent to another room with single women and girls her age. Men would come daily and choose two or three women. She said some paid the captors money. Others said the women were their “gifts.” The women didn’t return. “We would try to make ourselves look ugly. Some women would cry or scream or fight, but it made no difference. They were always taken anyway,” Sara said. “One girl hung herself. Another tried, but the IS guards stopped her and beat her very badly. No one else tried after that.”
Sara made friends with 14-year-old Banaz. They vowed to stay together, no matter what. The day her friend was chosen, Sara refused to let her go, telling the man, “You take us both or you leave her here.” He took them both. They were driven to Fallujah, where they were passed to two local men she described as “an old man and a fat man” who lived together in a mansion she says they took from a local family.
Sara described beatings, degrading treatment and having so little food the two girls were always frail and sick. The men also made them watch videos of Yazidi men being beheaded.
“In some [videos] they put the heads into cooking pots,” she recalled, cringing at the memory. “Sometimes they would stand on them. There were so many heads. And they would ask us, ‘Do you know this one?’ and laugh.” Sara described the men holding her as members of IS from Fallujah — possibly former Sunni extremists who had only recently joined the terror group.
The Yazidi Fraternal Organization, formally based in Sinjar but now working from the Kurdish capital Erbil, has registered the names of more than 12,000 missing Yazidis — 5,000 women and 7,000 men — believed to have been killed or captured during a three-day period beginning Aug. 3.
At least 47 of the women have since escaped. They tell tales of rape, forced marriage and enslavement. Many, like Sara, say they were given to IS fighters as wives or sold as slaves for prices ranging from $100 to $1,000. Late last month, the UK-based Syrian Observatory for Human Rights reported 300 cases of Yazidi women transported to Syria by IS,some of whom were then sold in Aleppo in a human trade market.
For 19-year-old Leila, the horror began as she tried to flee on foot from her village in Sinjar with her husband and his family. When IS vehicles caught up to them, militants forced the men to lie face down on the ground. Then they shot them, including boys as young as 14. Leila watched as her husband was executed.
The women were bundled into the backs of pickup trucks. Leila clung to one-year-old Murad, her only child, as the women were driven to the town of Sebai. In separate interviews, Sara and Leila, who do not know each other, gave similar accounts of what they saw on the drive through this part of Sinjar.
“We drove past so many bodies. Even the bodies of children,” Leila said. She sits now in the home of a relative in Duhok, holding baby Murad tightly in her arms.
Leila was eventually taken to Mosul, she said, and held in a hall with more than a thousand other women. They compared stories: Most often their men had been lined up and shot. Others had been taken away in trucks. “[IS] told us we must convert to Islam,” she said. “We refused and they left us alone for 10 days.” Food continued to arrive, but the men stopped bringing milk for her baby.
Then things changed.“They started to take the women away. Sometimes they let them bring their babies along, but other times they refused.” Leila said some women would disappear for several days, then return to the hall. Others never came back. Some of the men coming to choose women, mostly local Iraqis, looked as old as 70, Leila said.
Parwen Aziz of the Kurdistan National Congress has heard dozens of similar stories of capture and mass execution from members of the Yazidi community, which has sought refuge in the Kurdish-controlled region of Iraq. Aid workers assisting the Yazidis have heard them, too. Aziz has been lobbying the Kurdish government and aid groups to provide more support for escaped IS prisoners like Sara, who started turning up here about six weeks ago.
Aziz said there were early fears that Yazidi women who returned from captivity may be rejected or even killed by their own families, due to local concepts of honor. However, she hasn’t heard of any women with surviving family members who weren’t welcomed back.
Her concern has now turned to the risk of suicide among survivors due to trauma, shame or hopelessness.
“Psychological support programs are not accepted here so we are trying to start income programs that will help [women] psychologically at the same time,” she said. “Some of these women do not want to talk at all. They need time. Some of them speak of frequent rape, up to six times a day. Others were not tortured or raped at all. Their situations vary often according to age or the area where they were held.”
Stacy Joseph says she doesn’t think the niqab, a headbag that Muslim women wear to cover their faces, should be worn while driving her children to school, one of whom has special needs. Not to mention, the headbag limits the bus driver’s field of vision.
City News(h/t Susan K) “As a parent I’m concerned that I don’t know who is driving them,” Joseph told CityNews. “I know the other bus drivers, I know them by face, I know them by name so I can easily identify them.” She says this is not about any particular person or religion, it’s about the safety of her children. (There could be anybody under that get-up, even a potential beheader)
Niqabs have sparked controversy in the past, with protests against a Quebec law that bans women wearing the veils from receiving or providing public service. Religious rights and security rights also collided in 2010, with allegations Air Canada failed to visually verify the identity of women boarding a flight in Montreal.