ICC Note: More atrocious stories are emerging from liberated parts of Iraq. A Sunni Muslim recently recalled the torture she endured at the hands of Islamic State militants in captivity. Much like the reports we have heard of the treatment of Yazidi and Christian women, this mother was hung by cables and repeatedly raped by her captors in front of her children. The aftermath has been severe on the woman and her children.
02/23/2017 Iraq (Christian Post): Persecution watchdog group Human Rights Watch interviewed six Sunni Arab women in Kirkuk, Iraq, who managed to escape the clutches of the Islamic terror group, and have described how they were tortured, raped, ill-treated, and forced into marrying IS fighters.
One 26-year-old woman, identified as Hanan in the report, revealed that she was arrested with her children and 50 other women in April 2016 by IS jihadists in Qayyarah, after which they were locked up in an abandoned house.
“On the first day, Hanan said, an ISIS guard took her and her daughter, 8, and sons, 6 and 3, to a separate room. ISIS fighters told her she was an apostate because her husband had fled ISIS-controlled territory and that she needed to remarry the local ISIS leader. She said, ‘Kill me, because I refuse to do that,'” HRW reports.
The woman was blindfolded and beaten with plastic cables, after which she was suspended by her arms and raped by one of the fighters in front of her children.
“The same guy raped me every day for the next month without a blindfold, always in front of my children. My daughter suffers from an intellectual disability so she doesn’t really understand what she saw, but my older son brings it up often. I don’t know what to do,” Hanan said.
The Sunni Arab woman said that all the other women were also being raped, and that she was going to be forced to marry an IS jihadist.
Five other victims also spoke about the torture and various abuses they suffered as IS captives.