By Mark Ellis, Senior Correspondent for ASSIST News Service
IRAQ (ANS – April 26, 2016) — A 20-year-old Yazidi woman was bought and sold as a sex-slave eight times by various Islamic State fighters and endured repeated rapes at the hands of her captors.
After her capture by Islamic State, Khalida and 800 other enslaved women were put on display in Raqqa as if they were in a ‘car showroom.’ The captives were sold for as little as $20 or exchanged for mobile phones, according to a report by the Daily Mail.
She broke her silence to tell the world about her people’s awful predicament.
Her nightmare began in 2014 when her family were condemned as ‘unbelievers’ by former neighbors as they tried to flee their hometown of Sinjar after it was overrun by ISIS fighters.
“Our neighbors, who are Muslims, said they would protect us, but when we were stopped at a checkpoint one of them pointed us out to the foreign [ISIS] fighters and said we were Yazidi. And we were all taken. There were 36 of us,” she told The Daily Mail.
The family were separated by sex and Khalida doesn’t know what happened to the men in her family.
ISIS leaders divided the women between the married and unmarried. Khalida and her cousins – along with 800 other young Yazidi women — were taken by bus to the ISIS capital of Raqqa.
They passed through her destroyed town on the way. “I saw dead bodies – children, women and men – along the roadside. My eyes were scarred by what I saw and I had to hold my nose against the stench,” she told The Daily Mail.
In Raqqa the women were paraded around in a large room. “We were put on display. Men came in and looked at us like objects. It was like a car showroom. Women were bought for cash – as little as $20, or exchanged for things like mobile phones, or given away as gifts,” she recalled.
‘The most beautiful women were put into a special room. Then five top ISIS leaders – emirs – came to choose girls. They took away three or four girls each.”
Photo captions: 1) Khalida (Credit: Daniel Leal-Olivas/MailOnline) 2) Mark Ellis.
About the writer: Mark Ellis is Senior Correspondent for the ASSIST News Service (assistnews.net), and also founder of www.GodReports.com), a website that shares stories, testimonies and videos from the church around the world. He is also co-host for “Widows on the World” with ANS Founder, Dan Wooding, which is airred on the Holy Spirit Broadcasting Network (http://hsbn.tv).
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