Skip to comments.Eight Years a Slave of ISIS – A Yazidi Girl’s Break for Freedom
Posted on 12/21/2022 7:32:47 AM PST by EnderWiggin1970
Sousan, a young Yazidi girl of 16, had one of the happiest days of her life when she was married to Fouzi, a Yazidi man, in the town of Sinjar, northern Kurdistan, Iraq. What she didn’t know was that five months after the wedding, in August 2014, ISIS would attack and take her town. This was after ISIS had already attacked and taken a large part of Iraq as well as Syria. The ISIS fighers swooped in with machine guns, tanks, and mortars, destroying all in front of them and targeting the Yazidi especially for brutal treatment. The Yazidis practice a Zoroastrian mix of religions that includes elements of Christianity and Islam that ISIS found especially abhorrent and so it was considered noble and good to kill Yazidi men and noble, good, and their right to take Yazidi women as their sex slaves.
When ISIS captured Yazidis they would corral them and separate men from women and then further separate the men from the boys. To distinguish between men and boys, they would lift up the arm and if there was armpit hair, meaning he was maturing, they would kill him, along with the fathers. If he didn’t have armpit hair, that meant he was young enough to brainwash. ISIS brainwashed thousands of these boys, forcing them to join ISIS as fighters. Many of them were forced to be suicide bombers and died at the wheel of a suicide vehicle plowing into unsuspecting Iraqi and Syrian villagers and soldiers. It was horrific.
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I read this as “Eight Years a Slave to the IRS”
I thought the person must be very young.
I keep hearing the words ‘brainwashed’ and ‘forced’... Could one not say the same thing about the American military? Most people who took part in ISIS did so of their own free will. My sympathies are few and far between.
Are you seriously conflating military conscription and being sold and traumatized for years as a sex slave?
“The Yazidis practice a Zoroastrian mix of religions that includes elements of Christianity and Islam that ISIS found especially abhorrent...”
Remember, the Yazidi religion is one of the three religions mentioned by Mohammed as deserving a separate status from simply “infidels”. They are considered “people of the Book” (the Book being Torah/Bible), alongside Jews and Christians. So what ISIS would do to Yazidis, they would have no problem doing to the other “People of the Book” as well.
Horrible that we created and supplied Isis in the beginning for our purpose to take down Syria. Then they embarrassed us and we had to rein them in. But the CIA unleashed a lot of evil there.
Never forget those huge fleets of matching trucks, shiny new weapons and uniforms, and the fact that their convoys roamed desert highways in broad daylight. They knew they had no reason to fear highway of death airstrikes. Last but not least where were the war crime hunts, a Simon Wiesenthal toe hunt for war criminals? Don’t exist and that says something. And to date, the Israelis have only bombed those fighting Isis.
CIA and State created them. It’s obvious.
I’m saying everybody has a choice... Spending ‘years’ as a sex slave is a choice... Kill your captor while he’s busy having sex with you, would’ve have been a better choice than spending years servicing him.
What I would say is that ISIS is one of the more horrifying consequences of everything that has happened since the neo-cons saw an opportunity in 9/11 to manufacture a dishonest case against Hussein to justify invading Iraq, setting off all the chaos in Iraq and Syria ever since. Yes, the dictators of Iraq and Syria were/are brutal men who had the blood of thousands on their hands. But the actions of the US have caused the death of many hundreds of thousands by comparison, along with millions of refugees and the horrors of slavery such as are described above, and much other devastation besides. This shows how badly neo-con imperialism can and does go awry.
Oh, you make it sound so easy. As it happens there are around 25-30 million sex slaves around the world, including thousands in the US. I volunteer with Rescue America which helps rescue slaves in the US, and my organization works with partners rescuing slaves in India, Nepal, Romania and Ethiopia. I wonder what these women would say if I were dumb enough to offer this advice as to how they could so easily escape their plight. This takes callously blaming the victims to mind-boggling levels.
The evil of our federal government sickens me and makes be hang my head in sorrow and shame. . . . I have always paid my taxes. It also sickens me that my tax dollars funds fund this evil, not to mention organizations I consider my political enemies. There is a whole lot to hate in Washington DC
People knew ISIS was coming. ISIS staged a massive invasion. Why weren’t the staging areas etc questioned? Why was ISIS allowed to deploy in an obvious assault? ISIS military functioned because Sadam’s generals were involved, many very capable. Then ISIS was allowed to exploit oilout of their region. Obama refused to bomb tanker convoys carrying ISIS oil. ISIS could have been stopped in their initial advance but Obama refused. Then ISIS could have been strangled but Obama refused. Why?
It's just another in long string of failures of neocon foreign policy that have had devastating consequences for people in other parts of the world, including this woman.
Aren’t the Yazidis devil worshippers? The idea being God is good, won’t hurt them, but the devil on the other hand would.
Most Muslims who joined ISIS did so of their free will. Muslims who lived in ISIS controlled areas collaborated or cooperated or kept their heads down.
Yazidis are not Muslim. They are a small desert sect worshipping a god/angel/devil, with rigid desert mores - there is a pre-ISIS video of villagers stoning a teenage girl because she had a cell phone and might have talked to a boy.
But to Muslims they are kaffir, not even people of the Book, fair game to despoil. The kidnapped women and girls were not subjected to pressure to convert. If they became Muslim, they would have had some rights - to live as concubines, and not be passed from man to man.
They’re often colloquially referred to as “devil worshippers” but they object to the characterization. They believe more in a dualist view, like the gnostics, and see a force of good and evil in opposition that are both necessary. Surely heretical from a Christian perspective, but not quite “devil worshippers” I would say.
2nd amendment ping.
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