Sunday, 12 April 2015

Girl aged 9 pregnant after being raped by twisted Islamic State militants

Kidnapped: A Yazidi family returning to their homes on Wednesday (file pictures)

The youngster was one of 216 people from the Yazidis religious minority community who were kidnapped at gunpoint and later released

Yazidi girls kidnapped by Islamic StateKidnapped: A Yazidi family returning to their homes on Wednesday (file pictures)
A 9-year-old girl is pregnant after being kidnapped and raped by twisted Islamic State militants.

The traumatised youngster is one of 40,000 people from the Yazidis religious minority community who were taken at gunpoint by ISIS thugs in August last year.

Thousands of girls and women torn from their homes in Iraq were raped, tortured, forcibly married and enslaved.

Islamic StateAbandoned: Families from the minority Yazidi sect were forced to flee their homes
Many of the the traumatised victims were discarded and have now found their way back to their families; battered, broken, humiliated and several of them pregnant.

The youngest is a 9-year-old girl, according to Canadian-based aid worker Yousif Daoud.

He told the Toronto Star: "This girl is so young she could die if she delivers a baby.

"Even a caesarian section is dangerous. The abuse she has suffered left her mentally and physically traumatised.”

More than 200 elderly and infirm Yazidis were freed on Wednesday by Islamic State militants.

ReutersYazidiRescued: A member of the Kurdish Peshmerga forces helps people from the minority Yazidi sect
They were handed over to Kurdish forces near the city of Kirkuk and many were too exhausted and disoriented to speak.

One elderly woman said she had been captured by the insurgents last August when they overpowered Kurdish forces in the Sinjar area and proceeded to purge its Yazidi population, killing hundreds and taking thousands captive.

The woman, who asked not to be named, said she had told her son and two young daughters to run away as the militants closed in, but stayed behind herself because she was unwell and did not want to slow them down.

She said: "I had lost hope of seeing my children again, but today it has happened."

It was not clear why the radical jihadists had decided to release the Yazidis, whom they consider devil-worshippers, but the group previously freed 200 more it was holding under similarly mysterious circumstances.

Some of the Yazidis said they had been held in the Islamic State stronghold of Tel Afar most of the time, but in the days leading up to their release, they were moved from one town to another in Islamic State's self-proclaimed caliphate.

ReutersYazidi sectFree: An elderly woman from the Yazidi sect is freed on Wednesday
The Yazidis thought they were being led to their execution, but instead, were piled onto a minibus that drove them to peshmerga positions in batches.

Yazidi community leaders were there to receive them and an ambulance was on standby.

Yazidi activists say many remain in the hands of Islamic State, which has often subjected women to rape or sexual slavery.

The United Nations said last month Islamic State may have committed genocide against the minority.

The Yazidis are an ancient, predominantly Kurdish people who follow their own religion derived from Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism.

Source Mirror

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