Young Yazidi woman begs UN to wipe out Isis as she reveals horrifying details of life under the group's control

Nadia Murad Basee Taha said: 'Islamic State has made Yazidi women into flesh to be trafficked in'

Ashley Cowburn
Saturday 19 December 2015 11:09
Young Yazidi girl gives powerful speech at UN

A young Yazidi woman has called for the United Nations to wipe out Isis after she revealed how she was kidnapped, beaten, sold and held as a sex slave for a three month period.

Nadia Murad Basee Taha, a 21-year-old from the Yazidi minority in northern Iraq, told the 15-member council’s first meeting on human trafficking how Isis used women as "war booty".

“Rape was used to destroy women and girls and to guarantee that these women could never lead a normal life again.” Ms Taha recalled. “Islamic State has made Yazidi women into flesh to be trafficked in.”

The young woman, visibly shaken by the ordeal, described how she was abducted from her Iraqi village and taken by bus to a building in the stronghold of Mosul. All the men in her family were “collectively executed” and for three months, from August 2014, she was held captive by the self-proclaimed Islamic State

She said: “Along the way, they humiliated us. They touched us and violated us…I was absolutely petrified. When I looked up, I saw a huge man. He looked like a monster.

“They took us to Mosul with more than 150 other Yazidi families. In a building, there were thousands of Yazidi families and children who were exchanged as gifts.

“One of these people came up to me. He wanted to take me. I looked down at the floor. I was absolutely petrified. When I looked up, I saw a huge man. He looked like a monster.

She continued: ‘I cried. I cried out, I said “I’m too young and you’re huge”. He hit me. He kicked me and beat me… and a few minutes later, another man came up to me. I still was looking at the floor.

"I saw that he was a little bit smaller. I begged him. I implored him for him to take me. I was incredibly scared of the first man.

“That night he beat me. He asked me to take my clothes off. He put me in a room with the guards and then they proceeded to commit their crime until I fainted.

“I implore you, get rid of Daesh [Isis] completely.”

Ms Taha eventually escaped from Isis is now living in Germany. The members of the UN Security Council applauded her courage for sharing her story.

Late in 2014 Amnesty International released a report, Escape from hell: Torture, sexual slavery in Islamic State captivity in Iraq, which provided an insight into the horrifying abuse suffered by “hundreds and possibly thousands” of Yazidi women and girls at the hands of Isis.

“Hundreds of Yezidi women and girls have had their lives shattered by the horrors of sexual violence and sexual slavery in Isis captivity,” said Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International’s Senior Crisis Response Advisor, who spoke to more than 40 former captives in northern Iraq.

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