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‘They raped us – I thought my baby would be Daesh’: Teenage Yazidi sex slave tells how she escaped from ISIS – but had to leave her child behind

  • Nihad Barakat Shamo Alawsi was seized from Yazidi town aged 15
  • She was raped and beaten for weeks in Mosul and then sold as sex slave
  • The teenager became pregnant but escaped after phoning her family
  • Nihad had to leave her three-month-old son behind during the escape

A teenage girl has spoken of the trauma of being sold as a sex slave to ISIS and having to leave her three-month-old son behind to escape.

Nihad Barakat Shamo Alawsi was just 15 when Islamic State militants seized the Yazidi town of Sinjar in northwest Iraq two years ago.

The teenager was abducted along with 27 members of her family and thousands of civilians.

She was taken to Syria and then to the Islamic State stronghold of Mosul in northern Iraq where she was tortured for weeks, she told an event in London on Wednesday.

Nihad, now 17, recalled: ‘They raped us, they killed our men, they took our babies away from us.’

‘The worst thing was the torture in Mosul. We were beaten and raped continuously for two weeks.’

‘Girls were taken from their families and raped constantly and then they were handed out to “emirs”.’

Nihad said a man who took her as a slave died a few weeks later.

She was then sold to another man who already had a wife and another Yazidi sex-slave.

He beat and raped her and a month later she became pregnant.

The brave teenager shared her horrific experiences at an event organised by the UK-based AMAR Foundation, a charity that provides education and healthcare in the Middle East.


‘I thought the child I was carrying was a member of Daesh and would become a Daesh criminal when he grew up,’ she recalled, using a pejorative Arabic name for Islamic State.

Nihad gave birth to a baby boy and managed to escape when three months later after the baby’s father decided to marry her to his cousin. 

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