Yazidi women tell of harrowing abuse, rape; say Al-Baghdadi’s wives are not innocent

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In an exclusive Al Arabiya interview, several Yazidi women have come forward to share their harrowing experiences of being raped, beaten, abused, and sold by ex-ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi.

The interviews, broadcast on Al Arabiya on Friday and Saturday, come just weeks after Al Arabiya sat down with one of the wives of Al-Baghdadi.

Ashwaq Haji Hamid, one of the Yazidi survivors said that the wife of ISIS leader Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi pretended to be innocent but is not, demanding that Al-Baghdadi’s wives be interrogated so that they confess to their crimes.

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During her interview, Asma Mohammed had denied allegations she and her slain husband tortured captured Yazidi women and alleged they treated the captives well.

Rape and abuse

In the two-part special interview, former ISIS captives have responded to the wives’ claims, saying they were treated harshly and subjected to rape.

In the interview, Yazidi survivor Hamid revealed the details of her kidnapping by ISIS members, and how ISIS fighters also took her nine-year-old sister captive.

The woman tells of how Al-Baghdadi raped the Yazidi women and sold them to other fighters, and how his wife beat them and mistreated them.

“Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi rapes every girl then they sell her to someone else,” Hamid said.

A Yazidi man, Hamid Taalou, told Al Arabiya how ISIS fighters captured his family members, including his two daughters, who were only ten years old.

The man had to pay smugglers $220,000 to help free his relatives, he said.

Attempted escape

During her three-month-long captivity, Hamid had attempted to escape her kidnappers when she was taken to a hospital in Iraq’s Nineveh.

The woman, along with other captives, had pretended to be sick and was transported to a hospital. There, she said, they managed to steal a sleeping pill and hide it in the food of the ISIS members who were watching over them.

When the fighters fell asleep, the women managed to flee toward Mount Sinjar.

Wives competed to sell women

Another Yazidi survivor told of how Al-Baghdadi’s wives competed to sell the captured women at the highest price.

Souad Hamid said the wives had lied about treating the Yazidi women well, adding that they knew about the abuse and their enslavement.

Drugging children

Shirin Khalaf, another one of the Yazidi survivors, revealed that ISIS members imprisoned the captives in an underground prison and subjected them to torture and rape.

In the interview, she tells of how ISIS regularly gave children drugs and enticed them with the promise of heaven if they blew themselves up with explosives.

ISIS, led by Al-Baghdadi, had taken control of much of Iraq and neighboring Syria in 2014 and began ruling the territory with an iron fist.

US-backed forces defeated ISIS in Iraq in 2017, and two years later in Syria. In 2019, Washington announced that US troops had killed Al-Baghdadi in an operation in northwestern Syria.

Remnants of the group continue to attack civilians and security forces in both countries.

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