Yazidi Girl Given as Gift to ISIS Recounts Escape

'Narin' tells Post journalist: 'I still have nightmares'
By Shelley Hazen,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2014 12:54 PM CDT
Yazidi Girl Given as Gift to ISIS Recounts Her Escape
An Iraqi Yazidi woman gestures at a school that was turned into a shelter for displaced Christians and Yazids in Mangesh in northern Iraq, Saturday, Aug. 16, 2014.    (AP Photo/ Khalid Mohammed)

A 14-year-old Yazidi girl, captured and given as a gift to ISIS members, recounted her tale of escape to journalist Mohammed A. Salih in the Washington Post. The girl Salih calls "Narin" and her family were among the thousands of Yazidis who fled ISIS fighters to Mount Sinjar in early August. But they were captured, split up, and her 19-year-old brother killed with other young men. Girls and women were then rounded up and held captive in a couple of locations, where attempts to convert the so-called "pagans" continued. "Each time we refused … we would not abandon our religion," Narin says. ISIS then separated the married and unmarried women, giving Narin and a friend as gifts to two of their members in Fallujah.

Narin's captor, Abu Ahmed, "tried to rape me several times, but I did not allow him to touch me in any sexual way," she says. "(He) beat me every day." The girls escaped six days after their arrival in Fallujah, when one man was away on business and the other went to mosque. After securing the help of a friend by phone, they used knives and meat cleavers to break locks and escape. Disguising themselves with abayas and fake IDs, they eventually made it to Baghdad and then on a plane to Kurdistan, where Narin was reunited with her parents. "I still have nightmares … I want to leave this country altogether. I want to go to a place where I might be able to start over, if that is even possible." Click here to read Narin's entire story. (More Islamic State stories.)

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