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Escape from hell 5 Torture and sexual slavery in Islamic State captivity in IraqRAPE AND SEXUAL SLAVERYArwa is 15. She was abducted in August in a village south of Mount Sinjar with scores of her relatives and hundreds of neighbours, and was held in IS captivity in various places in Syria and Iraq, where she was raped, before escaping. Sixty-two of her relatives, including her mother and siblings, are still in IS hands. She told Amnesty International:“They took us first to Syria, to a place near Hassake. There we were kept in a house with lots of girls. After 10 days a group of us were taken back to Iraq, to Mosul, for two days. Then I was taken to Baiji with one of my sisters and some of my cousins, while four of my sisters and two of my cousins were taken to Syria. In Baiji I was kept in two different places and after about three weeks I was taken to Rambussi, near Sinjar, with my 13- year-old cousin, while my sister was taken to my mother who is being held in another village with other relatives.“In Rambussi we were held in a house with five other girls. There they did to me what they did to many other girls. I was raped. My cousin was not molested; they wanted to take her to marry her to a man but in the end they left her with us and then we managed to escape. One of the girls said she was not raped but I don’t know if it is true; I hope it is true. Another did not talk about what happened to her. The others were raped. The men were all Iraqis. They said that if we killed ourselves they would kill our relatives.”A 16-year-old girl, Randa, was abducted from her village south of Mount Sinjar with her parents and siblings and scores of other relatives. She was sold or given as a “gift” to a man twice her age who then raped her. Her father was killed along with other male relatives. Her mother, who was heavily pregnant when she was abducted, gave birth in IS captivity and continues to be held with scores of other women and children from the family. Some are being held in Syria, others in Iraq. Randa and two of her aunts and two uncles managed to escape at different times. She told Amnesty International:“I was taken to Mosul and kept there all the time. First in a building which they called the maqarr (headquarters). We were about 150 girls and five women. A man called Salwan took me from there to an abandoned house. He also took my cousin, who is 13 years old; we resisted and they beat us. He took me as his wife by force. I told him I did not want to and tried to resist but he beat me. My nose was bleeding, I could not do anything to stop him. I ran away as soon as I could. Luckily they did not do anything to my cousin, did not force her to marry, and she escaped with me. I went to a doctor here, who said that I was not pregnant and didn’t have any disease, but I can’t forget what happened to me. It is so painful what they did to me and to my family. Da’esh (the IS)6 has ruined our lives. My mum gave birth while being held by Da’esh in Tal ‘Afar; now she is being held in Mosul with my little sister and the baby. My 10-year-old brother was separated from my mum and is being held in Tal ‘Afar with my aunt. What will happen to them? I don’t know if I will ever see them again.”Arwa and Randa are among more than 200 women and girls who have managed to escape the horrors of IS captivity, but hundreds, possibly thousands, of other women and girlsIndex: MDE 14/021/2014 Amnesty International December 2014

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