Kidnapped at the age of 13 by the Islamic State (IS) and exploited as a sex slave, an 18-year-old woman has urged the international community to come forward to rescue and rehabilitate around 2,904 Yazidis who are under IS captivity.
At a press meet in Mumbai Tuesday, the woman said several women commit suicide to escape rape and torture, while those who survive have to deal with several psychological issues. The woman, who was accompanied by Hussein Al-Qaidi, director of the office for the rescue of Yazidis, claimed that 6,417 Yazidis were kidnapped by IS, of whom 3,515 have been rescued, while another 2,902 are still being tortured.
On Sunday, the 18-year-old woman had received the Mother Teresa Memorial Award on behalf of the Office of Kidnapped and Rescue of Yazidis. The award is given by NGO Harmony Foundation, which felicitates Indian and international organisations and individuals every year for their exemplary contribution to the field of social service.
“The ISIS operates two schools, where children, especially young boys, are taught about Islamic studies and trained to be live bombs. Even after rescue, their rehabilitation poses a big challenge,” Al-Qaidi said. Around 3.39 lakh occupants of Sinjar town are at present living in 14 camps set up by the Kurdish government.
Al-Qaidi urged that the Article 114 of the Iraq constitution be implemented to empower the people to choose their government. “The residents have already chosen to be independent and want their own state through this referendum,” said Al-Qaidi.