This is a true untold story of a Yazidi Survivor who escaped from ISIS captivity, as interviewed by Azaat Alsaleem. Azaat Alsaleem has been working for Yazidi ethno-religious groups rights, to bring their plight in front of the whole world. She has raised her voice for 3200 Yazidi women and children who are still suffering in ISIS captivity.
Yazidi are one of the oldest religions in the world. It is much closer to Hinduism with Many similarities. Yezidis are not Muslims. Yazidi are neither Kurds nor Arabs. Yazidis are ethno-religious group of one of the oldest religions in world. Yazidis have faced 74 Genocide campaigns by Muslims and last one has been ongoing for 5 years, when ISIS killed 10,000 and enslaved 7000 for refusing to convert to Islam.
Here is the true heart wrenching story of a Yazidi Survivor who escaped ISIS Captivity and narrated her story to Azaat Alsaleem.
When ISIS attacked us, we decided, let’s go to our krif (Sunni neighbors Khudhur khalif Alfri) in Kir Shabak village near them. We walked to them & two of our men brought the cars. We got to the neighbor’s home and asked to hide us till we get a chance to escape to the mountains or to Rabia district. Our Sunni neighbors asked women to go on the roof of the house, asked men to enter the guests room. We saw them acting abnormal and strange.
Within an hour ISIS cars arrived to take us in their captivity. Their sons were ISIS members, betrayed us & we didn’t know that. ISIS asked us to get down & asked me to get out. My kid was sleeping. I forgot him on the rooftop. They took everything from us (phones, gold and money). At 9 o’clock in the evening they took us to intersection of Herdan road. Their cars stopped.
ISIS got our men out of the cars, tied them, made them ranks and the cars started driving after they forced us to ride the cars. Since that moment we don’t know anything about the fate of our men (my husband, his father, 3 brothers & 4 cousins) and another family’s man named Suliman Kamal.
Suliman Kamal’s wife & her children were with us. We arrived at Kask checkpoint. There were many families from our village Herdan without their men. In the morning we arrived at AlAzaher madrassa in Telafer. ISIS took many girls & we were moved to Badoosh jail in a miserable condition.
ISIS took beautiful girls/women. Suliman Kamal’s Wife hid her daughter Samia from Herdan. ISIS asked her, “where is your daughter?” She answered I don’t know. ISIS said, “you made her run from us?” The mother said, “she is so young and you want to rape her?” ISIS replied, “surely she will be raped. She is a slave and jihadists have to rape her.”
After they found her, they took her. Her mother was beaten by hoses, then she was lashed in the street & was stoned in front of the eyes of everyone. She was crying & bleeding from her head & forehead. We couldn’t help her.
Till now we don’t know anything about her. ISIS took my 12 year old sister from me. I tried to save her, but my infant was in my hands. One ISIS drew my infant & another one pushed me. I fell down on my face and my Infant fell from my hand.
At this time, I lost my 12 years old sister. After 16 days Fighter Jets bombed our location. ISIS moved us to Telafer again. There ISIS separated us. My mother in law, 3 sisters in law were taken. I don’t know where ISIS took them. After that ISIS took my 8 years old daughter from me.
After 3 months ISIS asked widows to gather and ISIS is going to search for their men. IS told widows that they are going to sell widows to the government. We were happy to get rid of them. We registered our names & rode the buses. We drove to west. My older daughter was ill & lied in bed with her grandma.
I asked them to bring my daughter, but they prevented me. We were 30 women with their children in one bus. We arrived in Shingal & thought they would hand us to the fighters on Shingal mountains. We were happy about that, but we were disappointed. They continued driving to Syria.
We stayed for 15 days in Raqqa & were sold after that. Abu Jihman Aljazrawi, long black huge man with long beard & hair bought me. One day while my son was crying I gave him some milk & was also crying. I pretended as I’m blind & dumb to save me & my daughter from enslavement.
Life as a Blind and Dumb in ISIS Captivity
Since 20 months, I haven’t spoken. ISIS terrorist came in the morning & talked to me. I pretended that I don’t see or hear. He asked my daughter. She said, “my mother is blind & dumb!” He asked, “since when?” My daughter said, “since what happened in shingal. It’s a shock of Genocide.”
He asked who helps her? My daughter said, “I have to help her”. ISIS terrorist said, “I brought you some food. Eat it!” He watched us, when my daughter took my hand and gave me some food to eat. Two ISIS terrorists came to him & they talked among each other while I was listening.
ISIS terrorist said, “this slave is blind & dumb. I paid a lot of money to buy her because she is tall, young & so beautiful”. One ISIS terrorist started insulting me among each one other & said, “she is laying, Allah curse her!” Second IS said, “dumb don’t hear, she is lair!”
My rapist said, “do you mean she is claiming & acting?”
First IS said, “let’s beat her & see if she is going to talk or no.”
They started beating me with sticks & guns. My children were crying, I was injured & unconscious, but I didn’t speak.
First ISIS said, “We take her to hospital & they find out the truth.”
Second IS said, “I don’t think they can know the truth”.
My rapist said, “it’s my bad luck that I bought her & I lose when I sell her.”
Second IS laughed & said, “but you still can sleep with her. What do you want more?” First IS Said, “I’m going to take your infant because you are blind & can’t take care of him.”
First ISIS was married with 3 women. I cried and with my hands, said. “no no no!”
My rapist said to first ISIS to ask the judge & ask him if sharia allows to take the child from the slave? They checked next day with the Judge. The judge didn’t agree. I was happy about it and tears started falling.
He asked, “why there are tears in your eyes?” I said with sign language, “I have headache!” He said, “I will bring you something for headache.”
I signed with head thanks!
After half an hour he asked me about my age & my children’s age. I answered with hand! After seven days he sold me to Abu Omar AlNajdi AlJazrawi’
Before selling me to Abu Omar he bought another Yezidi girl, kidnapped by ISIS. Abu Omar was working on slavery markets. He used to buy slaves, rape them and then send them to the main bathroom to take care of them. After that he made them do the makeup and posted their photos on the group to sell them.
He sold me after 2 months. He wrote on my photo, “Though she is dumb & blind, she is beautiful, young & thin.” All this time I only talked 3 times secretly to my children in a dark room. I was afraid from cameras at home. A Syrian ISIS said, “I want to buy her because I want children from her.”
We were moved from Raqqa to Qabaisi to Aleppo door in a prison underground & under us there was a hall for men. We heard the voices. After we were moved to Manbj, I was with 4 Yezidi women & their Children. Salwa from Khansur, Shereen from Dukri, third one from Kocho. However they know they have raped me.
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Unforgettable situations seen by Yazidi Survivor in ISIS captivity
First situation, ISIS terrorist took an 11 years Yezidi girl forcibly from her mother. Two days after raping her continuously he brought her back to the mother.
Second situation, ISIS terrorist tied Yezidi girl to the bed, he raped while she cried & asked for help.
Third situation, Abu Omar AlNajdi AlJazrawi bought Berievan from solach. He caught her, while his wife made her makeup. He raped her. After that post her photos & sold her.
Fourth situation, when I was with my children in prison, airplanes bombed us we were injured but not too bad wounds. We were in panic & very afraid, specially children. Shereen was injured very bad in her head, hands & legs. We were moved to another prison.
Ordeal of Yazidi Survivor continues in ISIS Captivity
Abu Avduaziz asked Abu Maria to take us to guests house, which consisted of 4 categories 1- slave section 2- divorced section (Real ISIS wives got divorced) 3- Martyrs wives section 4-wives of terrorists in frontline. I stayed with my daughter in this situation for 1 year.
I asked sharia judgment to free me within Islamic state. I got that, but my daughter’s requirement was refused. Shereen came. I asked her with hand about the news she said my son is in Zaxo displacement camp. I took my daughter to a dark room & told her to ask Shereen to bring us a phone.
We got the number of the uncle of my husband (Abu Nafi). My daughter & Shereen went to call them. We were 8 women. We fasted to god to help us. Among us was a German girl who married to a Muslim who brought her & then threw her. She was also slave, so she was imprisoned with us.
We were asked why we fasted. We said for Allah. In the morning they asked us to pray Al-fajr prayer. I signed let me I have already prayed. So, they did. I told my daughter I’m in bad physiological condition. The German girl who spoke classical Arabs came & asked me, “what’s happening!” She asked me not to fast in the second day because I look too bad. I signed with my hand, I fast for god, In the morning ISIS terrorist came & asked about age of my child, Saad Saeed who calls Abu Bakir Al Iraqi. Abu asked another ISIS terrorist to take him to military camp.
He must read/learn Quran in mosque near from us. Once again, I asked Shereen to help us and to go with my daughter to call the smugglers again. She did that. When my daughter went with Shereen, ISIS asked , “where are you going?” She said, “I’m going to bring the drugs for my Mam”
Smugglers asked us to go to the market and they will get us. But we had a problem. Shereen’s sons weren’t with her. One son (13 years) was with an ISIS who bought him. Second son (12 years) was in mosque to learn Quran.
My little child was hit by a car. He was in hospital 45 days in bad condition. At the beginning I didn’t know that my little child had an accident. We searched for him & didn’t find him. His sister found a group of children gathering. She went there and asked about the blood on the ground. They answered a car hit a little child. She cried & said my brother.
The shop owner asked the daughter to describe her brother. When she described, he said, yes, a car hit him & took him to hospital. She ran & told me, but I still couldn’t cry or speak. I kept acting like blind & dumb to save myself & my daughter.
I lost conscious because of the shock. I woke up after they sprayed water on my face. After that the driver himself came. I asked him with hand sign. Did my son die? He told for one hour he is searching for his family. He told, he took him to hospital where they performed and operation & rescued him.
Driver said, “God forgive me. His mother is blind & dumb & I hit her son.” I signed to my daughter, let’s go to hospital. Driver said, “I would take you!” On the way daughter asked driver, “how did you hit my brother?” He said, “It’s your fault to let the child in the street who didn’t look left or right”
Daughter, the son of neighbors let the door open and we didn’t notice that he got out. We got to the hospital. In the second day his head swelled. Driver brought some doctors to take care of him. After 25 days they asked us to leave the hospital while my son was in unstable condition.
This way we escaped after calling smugglers we asked house Management to give us permission to go to market. We got 1 hour. We asked for 2 hours because children need clothes. But we got 1 hour & half. We told Shereen about everything. We were taken to a house, called smugglers & escaped
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