- 21-year-old Yazidi woman described three months of torture as ISIS victim
- She was abducted from her home in Iraq by ISIS militants last August
- She described being held in a fighter’s home, being raped until she fainted
- ISIS trades women and children from minority Yazidi people as ‘war booty’
- UN described ISIS’s treatment of the Yazidi people as a possible genocide
A young Yazidi woman has revealed the horrific torture and rape that she suffered at the hands of ISIS fighters, as she was held as a sex slave for three months.
Nadia Murad Basee Taha described her nightmare imprisonment before the United Nations Security Council, pleading with it to wipe out the terror group.
The 21-year-old described the persecution the Yazidi people face under ISIS, which trades women and children from the minority population as ‘war booty’.
‘Rape was used to destroy women and girls and to guarantee that these women could never lead a normal life again,’ she said, visibly shaking with the effort of recounting her story.
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Speaking out: 21-year-old Yazidi woman, Nadia Murad Basee Taha, described her experience of being an ISIS sex slave in front of the United Nations Security Council
Nadia described to the 15-member council how she was snatched from her village in Iraq by ISIS fighters in August last year.
She was then taken by bus to a building in the ISIS stronghold of Mosul.
‘Along the way, they humiliated us. They touched us and violated us,’ she continued.
‘They took us to Mosul with more than 150 other Yazidi families. In a building, there were thousands of Yazidi families and children who were exchanged as gifts.
‘One of these people came up to me. He wanted to take me. I looked down at the floor. I was absolutely petrified. When I looked up, I saw a huge man. He looked like a monster.’
She continued: ‘I cried. I cried out, I said “I’m too young and you’re huge”. He hit me. He kicked me and beat me.
‘And a few minutes later, another man came up to me. I still was looking at the floor.
‘I saw that he was a little bit smaller. I begged him. I implored him for him to take me. I was incredibly scared of the first man.
Harrowing: Shocking footage appears to show ISIS gunmen dragging terrified Yazidi wives and daughters from their families to make them sex slaves, in what is believed to be Iraq (file image)
‘The man who took me asked me to change religion. I refused. Then, he asked for my hand in marriage, so to speak.’
The UN has branded ISIS’s treatment of the Yazidi people a possible genocide, after the terror group launched a campaign of murder, rape, abuse and torture against the population.
It has urged the UN Security Council to refer the issue to the International Criminal Court for prosecution.
Nadia continued: ‘That night he beat me. He asked me to take my clothes off. He put me in a room with the guards and then they proceeded to commit their crime until I fainted.
‘I implore you, get rid of Daesh [ISIS] completely.’
Heart-felt: In a desperate plea, Nadia implored the UN Security Council to ‘get rid of Daesh [ISIS] completely’
Gathering: The United Nations Security Council in its first meeting on human trafficking, at which Nadia revealed her harrowing experiences
Slaughter: The United Nations has previously described ISIS’s persecution of the minority Yazidi people as a possible genocide
Nadia was able to escape after three months of the torture, and is now living in Germany, but several of her brothers were killed by ISIS militants.
The UN council’s first meeting on human trafficking comes just the day after it released a statement deploring people trafficking by ISIS and other groups such as Boko Haram.
It warned that ‘certain acts associated with trafficking in persons in the context of armed conflict may constitute war crimes’.