The Islamic State group killed 19 Yazidi girls in Mosul on Thursday. According to the New York Post, the girls were placed inside iron cages and burned alive after they refused to have sex with their captors. A crowd of people watched while the girls burned to death, unable to do anything but look on in shock.
“The 19 girls were burned to death, while hundreds of people were watching. Nobody could do anything to save them from the brutal punishment,” said a witness.
The Islamic State group took the 19 girls captive as “sex slaves.” Thousands of others were also taken and held captive by ISIS, very few able to flee. It is believed that ISIS currently has between 1,800 and 3,500 girls and women held captive as sex slaves. The ages of these females are unknown, but it is suspected that the girls could be quite young — perhaps even just 10- or 11-years-old.
According to the report, some of these females have even been listed “for sale” by ISIS, members placing them on social media and offering them to the highest bidder. The majority of the females are kept under ISIS control for one reason and one reason only: Sex. If the women refuse, they are often raped or, as in this instance, killed.
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“The longer they are held by ISIS, the more horrific life becomes for Yazidi women, bought and sold, brutally raped, their children torn from them,” said Skye Wheeler, a researcher at Human Rights Watch.
The Islamic State group also captures young boys in hopes of training them to become fighters for their cause. According to Fox News, a Yazidi boy recently escaped an ISIS training camp, making it to safety. Ahmed Amin Koro, 15, spoke to the media about his experience.
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“It wasn’t a school, it was like a prison. We were forced to prayer, we were told we were jihadists and we were not Yazidi anymore,” Ahmed said. He also talked about the treatment of young girls in ISIS camps.
“The girls were covering their faces with dirt, trying to make themselves less beautiful. But if they were caught doing that they were beaten. They were all beaten and taken away. ISIS beat us too,” he said. Ahmed also talked about being starved and thirsty to the point where he thought he would die.
The Islamic State group has been known to rip children from their parents’ care — especially young girls. Mothers often cry, pleading with ISIS fighters to leave their children alone, but it does no good. While there is very little hope for those who have been captured by ISIS, some of these people are brave enough to try and run — like Ahmed. Still, running means risking their lives. If ISIS was to catch any of their hostages trying to leave, the punishment could be far worse than anything you’d want to imagine.
And for others, it’s too late; ISIS does a number on their hostages when it comes to brainwashing.
“Of an estimated 5,000 Yazidi captured in the ISIS assault on Mount Sinjar, about a third have escaped, been ransomed or smuggled to freedom. Perhaps most troubling to this fractured and misunderstood community is the prospect that some of its sons and brothers have been brainwashed and turned against their own people.”
The Islamic State group has promised more terror attacks all over the world. While they are adamant about killing those who don’t agree with their practices, they will also kill anyone who stands in their way or who disobeys their orders.
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