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Witnesses Recount Tales of Yezidi Women Taken as War Booty

By Rudaw 11/8/2014
Yezidi survivors from Shingal have told Rudaw harrowing tales of women taken as war booty by IS militants.
Yezidi survivors from Shingal have told Rudaw harrowing tales of women taken as war booty by IS militants.

DUHOK, Kurdistan Region – Stories of some 500 Yezidi women taken as war booty by Islamic State (IS/ISIS) militants after the capture of Shingal are now being confirmed by witnesses, some of them helpless about what to do about their lost loved ones.

A Yezidi man who miraculously escaped IS jihadists said he knew three women who were still held captive by militant Islamists, who took over Shingal some 10 days ago.

"The last time I talked to them on the phone was three days ago," said Farman Qado. He quoted one of the women telling him how she was taken: ‘They (the jihadists) came into our room and openly said who was the prettiest or the funniest (to be with)."

Witnesses told Rudaw that more than 500 Yezidi girls and women were abducted by the IS militants, whose fate so far remains unknown. 

Karim Rito, 46, a Yezidi resident of Shingal, said he had seen two IS vehicles “full of women.”

"There were seven women in the back of the truck -- five younger women and two who appeared to be above 50. They killed the two older women on the spot in the street and took with them the other women," he told Rudaw.

Rito said that IS militants had abducted more than 500 girls and women from the Yezidi localities of Sheikh Khider, Gir Uzer and Gir Zarkey. 

"The ISIS attacked these villages first," he said, "and the residents had no chance of escape."  Rito said he feared that most of the women have already been transferred to Syria, Mosul and Baaj.

He told the story of two sisters, Ghalia and Markaz, both locally known for their apparent beauty who were taken away by the militants in the first round of abductions.

"They (the militants) knew about Ghalia and Markaz, because they went to their house directly after entering the village," Rito said. “I’m sure the Arab neighbors had told ISIS about them."

Iraqi human rights minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani was reported as saying that the militants had killed hundreds of Yezidis, burying some alive and taking women as slaves.

In a statement authorizing air strikes on IS positions to stop their advance towards Erbil before the weekend, US President Barack Obama mentioned that “chilling reports describe ISIL militants rounding up families, conducting mass executions, and enslaving Yezidi women.” 

Another Yezidi witness, 22-year-old Farman Qado who was just recently rescued from the Shingal Mountain where he took refuge for the past week with tens and thousands of others, said three female members of his family had been missing.

"Three of my relatives, all women, were not on the mountain. We knew then that they were in ISIS captivity."

Farman said he spoke to the three women on a daily basis until recently.

"We spoke at least four times. They told me they and other women were forced into a car and led to Mosul. They said at least two militants assaulted them (sexually). Then other militants came in and spoke abusively about which one of us they found most beautiful or fun to be with." 

Qasim Aata, also rescued from the mountain, said he met a 23-year-old woman in a terrible shape who had asked him to kill her.

"The girl said ‘kill me,’ and when we asked why, she said the militants had raped her and told her to go to the mountain and tell the others what had happened.”


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Sweden | 11/8/2014
To be hosnost. The sunni-arab residents in Shingal area should be punished for acting like this. This i barbaric...I cannot find any more words. Fucking Arab neighbors and how can some people say that we can life together with these barbars.
Araras. | 11/8/2014
This is the 2nd Anfal and and genocide repeated less than a century ago by Arabs Against our beloved nation! This message is for KRG I hope they will read it. KRG need strategic central intelegent cooperation with the West and Israel . By hiring talented and most bright kurdish people who are living abroad and have already done intelligence gathering and spying as well as anti terror operation to hunt down those dogs just like our friends did in Bag date when USA booted Saddam and Arabs in 2003. KRG stop waiting money to send student abroad to do rubbish course without any benefit to our nation. YOU HAVE TO FIGHT Arabs or our enemies with at most spying intelligence and fire power by forming closer ties with Israel and USA look what Ham as destroyed by IDF like a dog we should defeat ISIS and crush Arabs once for all byall means our womens will never ever be insulted by filthy Arabs again. Do contact us to offer our help with at most respect . Death to the enemy
Muraz Adzhoev | 11/8/2014
What and who should be blamed and accused for these genocidal and humanitarian disasters are the criminal pro-Iranian shia state authorities of Iraq and those regional sunni states that purposefully direct and finance ISIS terrorist groups and local arab-sunni tribes. Declare independence of Southern Kurdistan and cut relations with those states and countries.
Hersh | 11/8/2014
The Arab tribes told IS where the beautiful girls were living? how stupid do they think we are?, many of the Arab tribes ARE IS!!!
Flaminco | 11/8/2014
If these woman are not handed over immediately these Arab tribes must be all killed, why are the authorities blocking demonstrations against Arabs? they massacre our people, they rape our woman, they kidnap our girls yet we take them in as refugees! I promise you if they're not kicked out soon people will take matter in their own hands!

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