Dalal was just 17 when jihadis overran her village in the Iraqi region of Sinjar o n 4 August in a bloody campaign that triggered international intervention in the conflict. They did not get out in time and were rounded up by jihadis, who regard Yazidis as heretics and have attempted to justify their massacres and enslavement in propaganda. No trace has ever been found but evidence of mass graves found in the area suggests they were systematically massacred by militants.
Al-Battaween, the red light street in Baghdad. Prostitution and sex trafficking are epidemic in Iraq, where the violence of military occupation and sectarian strife have smashed national institutions, impoverished the population and torn apart families and neighbourhoods. Overcivilians have been killed and an estimated 4.
A year-old girl in the Kurdistan region of northern Iraq. By Rukmini Callimachi. Because the preteen girl practiced a religion other than Islam, the Quran not only gave him the right to rape her — it condoned and encouraged it, he insisted.
An earlier, more extreme version of the bill, provoked an international outcry when it was proposed, ahead of the elections in Opposition to the current proposals, which were approved this month, has so far concentrated on their impact on child marriage. If it is approved, in effect, each and every religious sect will follow their clerics. We are also writing letters to the speaker of [parliament] and the president.
A general view of Damascus February,14 A score of young Iraqi women in tight, shimmering gowns shuffle across the nightclub dance floor under the hungry eyes of Gulf Arabs at nearby tables. The dancers, some in their early teens, do not want to talk, but one said she had no other way to support her family.
Murad Ismael, executive director of the US-based Yazda advocacy, aid, and relief organization, told Reuters that about 3, girls from the Iraqi minority group still remain in Daesh captivity. He said that many Izadi women and girls had been brainwashed or killed in captivity, while those who had managed to escape after years of enslavement and rape were left struggling to survive without an income or identity papers. Manal, a young Izadi woman who was kidnapped at the age of 17 by Daesh terrorists in and is now being supported by Yazda after being rescued, said her captors used to beat her until she was unconscious.
As a group, prostitutes represent one of the most visible symptoms of an Iraqi refugee crisis that has exploded in Syria in recent months. Hiba, who is now 16, wore the hijab, or Islamic head scarf, and rose early each day to say the dawn prayer before classes. But that was before militias began threatening their Baghdad neighborhood and Umm Hiba and her daughter fled to Syria last spring.
It is feared thousands of Yazidi women from Northern Iraq may have suffered torture, rape and other sexual abuse from Islamic State fighters. Terrified women captured by Islamic State thugs are strangling each other and killing themselves to escape rape and torture as sex slaves. Some survivors have even told how they tried to kill each other by strangulation in a bid to avoid suffering at the hands of the IS murderers.
Yazidis in Iraq have made an emotional plea for the international community to help find more than 1, women and children kidnapped by Isis. Those willing to convert to Islam are married off to militants but those maintaining their faith are trafficked as sex slaves, abused and imprisoned. Thousands of people from the religious minority, who are considered heretics by the Sunni extremist group, were driven from their homes by the Isis advance in August.
IS militants have overrun swathes of Iraq since June, declared a cross-border caliphate also encompassing parts of neighbouring Syria, and carried out a litany of abuses in both countries. The group has targeted Yazidis and other minorities in north Iraq in a campaign that rights group Amnesty said amounted to ethnic cleansing, murdering civilians and enslaving others for a fate that some captives consider even worse than death. Amnesty said that many of the perpetrators are IS fighters, but may also include supporters of the group.