Despite being Sunni Muslims like their captors, women who were deemed ‘sex slaves’ by members of ISIS claim they were raped and beaten for months, according to Daily Mail.
Human Rights Watch (HRW) says it has documented unpredictable detentions by ISIS, beatings, forced marriages, and rape on Sunni women. Although ISIS claims it follows the Sunni Islam religion, its women continue to flee the town of Hawijah to escape the cruel treatment.
Hanan, a 26-year-old, told HRW that when her husband fled the town on Hawijah, an ISIS figure told her she had to marry him. When she refused, the report says she was blindfolded, beaten with plastic cables, suspended by her arms, and then raped.
‘The same guy raped me every day for the next month without a blindfold, always in front of my children,” Hanan told HRW. “My daughter suffers from an intellectual disability so she doesn’t really understand what she saw, but my older son brings it up often. I don’t know what to do.”
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When Hanan’s husband returned, he paid ISIS $500 and gave them a car in return for his wife and children, according to the Daily Mail. The family was able to escape to Kirkuk.
Another 25-year-old woman said ISIS shot her six-year-old son in the back before taking her and several other women captive. She recalls three female guards lashing each of them 65 times with a thin cane. She told HRW that when her family paid for her release, she discovered her son had survived after numerous operations.
“Little is known about sexual abuse against Sunni Arab women living under ISIS rule,” said Lama Fakih, deputy Middle East director at HRW. “We hope that the international community and local authorities will do all they can to give this group of victims the support they need,” she said.
According to the Daily Mail, ISIS members accuse women of abandoning their faith before raping and torturing them.
H/T: Daily Mail
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