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Friday, December 18, 2015
Yazidi woman held as sex slave for three months by ISIS and gang raped speaks out about hideous suffering
A young Yazidi woman who was tortured and treated as a sex slave for three months by ISIS fighters has bravely revealed her horrific ordeal.
"Rape was used to destroy women and girls and to guarantee that these women could never lead a normal life again," Nadia Murad Basee Taha, 21, told the UN Security Council.
The young woman, who was abducted in August last year from her village in Iraq, added: "Islamic State has made Yazidi women into flesh to be trafficked in".
Nadia described her horrific ordeal, saying how she was taken by bus to a building in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul, where thousands of Yazidi women and children were exchanged by militants as gifts.
A few days after she was taken by a man, she said: "He forced me to get dressed and put my makeup on and then that terrible night, he did it. He forced me to serve as part of his military faction, he humiliated me every day."
She tried to flee, but was stopped by a guard.
"That night he beat me. He asked me to take my clothes off. He put me in a room with the guards and then they proceeded to commit their crime until I fainted," she said.
She sobbed as she begged the security council: "I implore you, get rid of Daesh(Islamic State) completely."
Taha, who said several of her brothers were killed by Islamic State militants, eventually escaped and is now living in Germany.
Members of the security council looked visibly overcome with emotion as they heard her story.
The United Nations has said that Islamic State may have committed genocide in trying to wipe out the Yazidi minority and has urged the U.N. Security Council to refer the issue to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.
The council said in a statement on Wednesday that it deplored people trafficking by Islamic State and other groups such as the Lord's Resistance Army and Boko Haram.
It warned that "certain acts associated with trafficking in persons in the context of armed conflict may constitute war crimes."
ISIS believes the Yazidis, whose faith has elements of Christianity, Zoroastrianism and Islam, to be devil-worshippers.
Most of the Yazidi population, numbering around half a million, remains displaced in camps inside the autonomous entity in Iraq's north known as Kurdistan.
Of around 5,000 Yazidi men and women captured by the militants in the summer of 2014, some 2,000 have managed to escape or been smuggled out of Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate, activists say.