Some young Yazidi girls and women who were held captive by ISIS militants have been released after being held as sex slaves. Some of the victims, as young as 8-years-old, are seeking illegal abortions and "virginity repair" services to avoid the shame associated in the community with premarital sex.
The Daily Mail reports that many of the young girls held captive by the Islamic State militants have come back pregnant. In an attempt to avoid being ostracized and shamed by those in their community who look down upon premarital sex, some of the Yazidi girls are seeking abortions, which are illegal in Kurdistan. Despite the procedure being illegal, some doctors are said to be performing the abortions for the young girls who were repeatedly raped by the ISIS fighters.
However, as the Inquisitr previously reported, some of the rape victims are so small that they may die if they attempt to give birth to a child. Yousif Daoud, a Canadian-based aid worker, says that one 8-year-old victim who was impregnated by ISIS militants is so small that she could very well die from delivering a baby. Even a cesarean section is risky for her tiny body.
"This girl is so young she could die if she delivers a baby. Even a caesarian section is dangerous. The abuse she has suffered left her mentally and physically traumatized."
In addition to abortions, some of the girls are seeking doctors to "repair" their virginity. Doctors are performing "secret surgeries" that are supposed to "reverse loss of virginity" on the sex slave victims. The atrocities against the Yazidi women and girls began when militant extremists entered their towns and took approximately 40,000 captive at gunpoint.
Sadly, though some of the women and young girls were released after being severely abused by their captors, they still face the possibility of being shunned by their own community for the acts against them. Despite being held against their will, the extremely religious community still views the women as tainted for having had sex prior to marriage. As a result, the traumatized young girls and women are trying their best to hide any signs of sexual abuse against them.
From abortions to the virginity repair surgeries which attempt to reconstruct a hymen in the young women, the Yazidi girls are going to great lengths to regain their former lives before the torture and rape. One survivor of the horrific capture says that the women and young girls were placed in a lottery to determine who was released. If your name was drawn, you were released.
While the women and children attempt to pick up the pieces of their lives, numerous aid workers have gone to the region to provide health care to the victims, including mental health services.
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