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The hell of Yazidi women kept in ISIS dungeon UNDER the desert: Female captives were forced to lie in cramped pitch black cells for hours hidden beneath manhole covers

  • Horrifying photographs show underground prison where ISIS held women 
  • Women were Yazidis, members of the minority people persecuted by ISIS 
  • Heart-breaking drawings on the cell walls document the women’s lives
  • One image of a house and car shows a woman was thinking of her past life

Shocking photographs show the cramped, suffocating spaces where dozens of Yazidi women were trapped underground in an ISIS prison.

Manhole-like panels in the northern Syrian desert are the only obvious clue of the horrific prison where the persecuted women were made to lie in complete darkness for hours every day.

The women, from the much-persecuted Yazidi minority, were forced to live their entire lives under the sand; eating, drinking and sleeping in their tiny cells.


It is not yet known what happened to the terrified women, or where they might be now.

But in heart-breaking examples of the hope and despair the women must have felt, drawings on the walls document their daily lives under the sand.

Grave, horrific human rights violations are being committed daily by ISIL [sic] and associated armed groups.
United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay

Many of the images show that the women were thinking of their former lives, before ISIS took over vast swathes of Iraq and Syria and devastated their homes and families.

One image, according to a Sky News investigation, shows a drawing of a large house, with a car and animals outside.

The horrific discovery of the make-shift prison is just the latest revelation of the brutal campaign of massacres, enslavement and rape waged by ISIS against the minority people.

ISIS overran Sinjar, in Iraq, in August 2014 and began persecuting the Yazidi people, who make up most of its inhabitants.

The United Nations has described the attack on the Yazidis, whose faith ISIS considers heretical, as a possible genocide.

‘Grave, horrific human rights violations are being committed daily by ISIL [sic] and associated armed groups,’ said United Nations human rights chief Navi Pillay, citing targeted killings, forced conversions, abductions, slavery, sex crimes, forced recruitment and destruction of places of worship.


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