Doctors are performing illegal abortions on pregnant girls as young as nine who were kidnapped and raped by twisted Islamic State fighters, according to news agency.
The traumatised children are from the Yazidis religious minority community, it is estimated some of 40,000 them were taken at gunpoint by ISIS thugs in August last year. Thousands of girls and women torn from their homes in Iraq were raped, tortured, forcibly married and enslaved. Now many of the traumatised victims have now found their way back to their families in Kurdistan; battered, broken, humiliated and several of them pregnant.
Dozens are reportedly having illegal abortions and many are also secretly seeking surgery to reverse the loss of their virginity, the Sunday Times reports. A teenager told how when she was 13, she was kidnapped by ISIS thugs and regularly tied up and raped – one of them was even trying to make her pregnant. But she and two other girls escaped their captors by tying bedsheets together and climbing out of a second floor window.
The girl said: “I try not to think about it. When I do, I get hysterical and start throwing things at my family. If I ever saw him, I would like to cut him to pieces.” One of the youngest victims who fell pregnant is a 9-year-old girl, according to Canadian-based aid worker Yousif Daoud. He told the Toronto Star: “This girl is so young she could die if she delivers a baby. “Even a caesarian section is dangerous.
The abuse she has suffered left her mentally and physically traumatised.” More than 200 elderly and infirm Yazidis were freed earlier this month by Islamic State militants.
They were handed over to Kurdish forces near the city of Kirkuk and many were too exhausted and disoriented to speak.
One elderly woman said she had been captured by the insurgents last August when they overpowered Kurdish forces in the Sinjar area and proceeded to purge its Yazidi population, killing hundreds and taking thousands captive. The woman, who asked not to be named, said she had told her son and two young daughters to run away as the militants closed in, but stayed behind herself because she was unwell and did not want to slow them down.
She said: “I had lost hope of seeing my children again, but today it has happened. It was not clear why the radical jihadists had decided to release the Yazidis, whom they consider devil-worshippers, but the group previously freed 200 more it was holding under similarly mysterious circumstances. Some of the Yazidis said they had been held in the Islamic State stronghold of Tel Afar most of the time, but in the days leading up to their release, they were moved from one town to another in Islamic State’s self-proclaimed caliphate.
The Yazidis thought they were being led to their execution, but instead, were piled onto a minibus that drove them to peshmerga positions in batches. Yazidi community leaders were there to receive them and an ambulance was on standby. Yazidi activists say many remain in the hands of Islamic State, which has often subjected women to rape or sexual slavery.
The United Nations said last month Islamic State may have committed genocide against the minority. The Yazidis are an ancient, predominantly Kurdish people who follow their own religion derived from Islam, Christianity and Zoroastrianism