Yazidi girls under IS captivity in Iraq committing suicide to escape rape, torment

An Iraqi Yazidi family that fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar.

London, Dec 24: Yazidi girls in Iraq are committing suicide to save themselves from constant rape and torment at the hands of the Islamic State (IS) terrorists.

The Independent report said that hundreds of women and children were captured by the IS group during their bloody sweep through northern Iraq earlier this year.

These hundreds of women and children have been trafficked as sex slaves, and forced into marriage and imprisoned by the Islamic State (IS) terrorists, the report said.

The plight of the Yazidi girls was revealed after victims who managed to flee told Amnesty International that many young girls killed themselves after losing all hopes of being rescued.

Another victim, 27-year-old Wafa, reportedly said that she and her sister attempted suicide by strangulating themselves with their scarves but were stopped by the other girls who were held with them.

The sisters decided to take the extreme step after the man holding the girls captive gave them the choice to either marry him and his brother or be sold as slaves.

Donatella Rovera, who spoke to more than 40 former captives in northern Iraq for Amnesty International, said IS militants were using rape as a weapon in attacks “amounting to crimes against humanity”.

She said that the physical and psychological toll of the horrifying sexual violence these women have endured is catastrophic.

Rovera added that many of them had been tortured and treated as chattel and even those who have managed to escape remain deeply traumatized, the report said.

(With Agency Inputs)

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