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Life under ISIS: Captured teenage girl tells story of horrendous abuse at hands of Islamic State militants

Author: Rose Troup Buchanan
Publication: The Times of India
Date: September 10, 2014
URL: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/middle-east/Life-under-ISIS-Captured-teenage-girl-tells-story-of-horrendous-abuse-at-hands-of-Islamic-State-militants/articleshow/42160841.cms

A Yazidi girl captured by ISIS has revealed the extreme abuse she suffers as a sex slave at the hands of Islamic State (IS) extremists.

Only 17 years old, Mayat, (not her real name) was kidnapped by members of ISIS on 3rd August during an offensive against Sinjar. She remains with her captors.

These men allowed Mayat, who speaks some English as she wanted to study in Europe, to talk because, "to hurt us even more, they told us to describe in detail to our parents what they are doing."

 Her parents, refugees in Kurdistan, gave their daughter's number to a journalist from Italian paper La Repubblica.

 The teenage girl begs her interviewer not to name her because: "I am ashamed of what they have done to me.
 "Part of me would like to die immediately, to sink beneath the ground and say there. But another part that still hopes to be saved, and to be able to hug my parents once more."

 One of around 40 women and young girls held by the extremists in an unknown city, Mayat estimates their ages as anything from 12 to 30.

 "What are they doing to me?" She says, "I am too ashamed to say, and I don't even know how to describe my torture."

In the interview Mayat describes how the women and girls are kept in a house under armed guards.

There are, she says, three "rooms of horror" where the women are raped, often by different men and throughout the day.
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