ICC Note: An ISIS sex slave survivor has shared the horrors of her captivity with the US Congress. Shireen, a 31-year-old Yazidi women, was captured by ISIS in 2014 near Sinjar city. She was initially sold to an individual from Raqqa, and later bought and sold more than five times. She testified that ISIS performed an abdominal surgery on her in Mosul but to this day she remains unclear as to its purpose. Although she is now free, many others captured by ISIS remain missing. Pray for their safety and that they may soon return to their loved ones.
10/04/2017 Iraq (The Christian Post) – A Yazidi victim of the Islamic State’s genocide in Iraq detailed for members of the U.S. Congress on Tuesday the horrors she experienced during the nine months was held as a slave.
Using the pseudonym Shireen, the 31-year-old Yazidi woman told a House Foreign Affairs subcommittee hearing on genocide in Iraq and Syria that her captivity under IS (also known as ISIS, ISIL or Daesh) was “like hell.”
In her remarks to the panel, which required a translator, Shireen said that life was simple for her and her family on their rural farm near the Yazidi town of Sinjar before IS jihadis came and mass murdered thousands of Yazidi males and enslaved thousands of Yazidi women and children.
In her written testimony, Shireen said that her family was preparing to celebrate a summer feast on Aug. 3, 2014, when she heard the sound of gunshots in the distance. After calling her uncle and learning that IS jihadis were advancing in northern Iraq as Kurdish troops were pulling out, Shireen’s family decided to flee toward Sinjar mountain. However, their car broke down right at the base of the mountain.
Although the family continued their journey on foot, Shireen explained that they were eventually captured when three cars of IS jihadis stopped them. Shireen recalled her and her family being sent to a wedding hall near Sinjar city.
“We were ordered and threatened by ISIS militants to get off the trucks they had loaded us into. After we stepped out of the trucks, the militants shot three bullets into a young Yazidi man’s head, killing him because he said he wanted to wait for his family to arrive,” Shireen’s written testimony explains.
“Our tragedy began from here as they moved all the abducts to the government office inside Sinjar district. ISIS militants separated Yazidi girls [from] the rest of us by force. My sister, Sahera, was about 15 years old and she was the second girl that was taken. Her hand was in my hand and she was throwing up and crying. She was wearing a dress I had made for her. I was crying and begging them to not take her. One of the militants hit my back with his weapon. Then they forced us all into buses and took us to Badoosh jail.”
According to Shireen, the “jail smelled dirty and there was blood everywhere on the floor.” While in the jail, Shireen said that the prison building was targeted by a U.S. Coalition airstrike.
“As a result, they moved us to Tal Afar district where ISIS leaders who are responsible for our kidnapping and selling were there,” she explained. “One of them [was] called Haji Mahdi who is from Tel Afar and another called Abu Ali from Mosul.”
Shireen recalled being sold to a person from Raqqa, Syria. According to her testimony, she was tortured in Raqqa because she refused to speak.
“From Raqqa they sold me again to a person from Mosul city,” she added. “I was sold and bought for more than five times.”
Shireen warned that some girls she knew were sold for as cheap as a few bucks.
“I spend nine months in captivity under ISIS; it was like hell,” she asserted.
Shireen explained that IS jihadis committed some of the worst acts against her and other Yazidis, including forced conversions, sexual enslavement and mass killing.
One of the worst parts of Shireen’s experiences under IS captivity was a time in which IS performed an abdominal surgery on her in Mosul.
“[U]ntil now, I am suffering from the effects of it,” she said. “I don’t know why they operated on me or what kind of a procedure was done on my body.”
While Shireen is not sure what the surgery was, it was widely reported that IS began the practice of harvesting organs from some of its Yazidi captives to finance its terror campaign.