Islamic State’s militants picnicking with Yezidi captives in Syria’s Raqqa

ISIS militants were reportedly picnicking with Yezidi captive women and children on the banks of Euphrates in Raqqa. Photo: Jihad Network

ARA News

Cologne, Germany – On Monday, a Jihadi media source affiliated with the Islamic State group (IS/ISIS) published a report dubbed as “Tourist Trip” for jihadists with sex-slaves in the IS-held city of Raqqa, referring to the Yezidi captives who have been held by ISIS since the group’s major attack on Shingal (Sinjar) district, northwestern Iraq.

The report showed images most likely taken on the banks of the Euphrates River, which passes through the IS-held city of Raqqa in northeastern Syria, where some Yezidi abducted children appeared with a comment on the image that reads: “We accompany demon-worshipers children (Yezidis) who bestowed favor of Allah under the hands of the kindest worshipers of God–Jihadists to grow up and receive an Islamic education.”

Commenting on the report, human rights activist Dr. Saeed Seydo told ARA News: “Our team documented in the initiative of “Yezidis across the world” all the brutal violations and inhuman acts against Yezidi women and the children abducted by IS extremists last year”.

“The most prominent of those violations is the rape of a 7-year-old girl utilizing them in the so-called jihad marriage, where they buy and sell girls and women with few dollars, and sometimes the same woman is being sold to more than one jihadist,” Seydo said.

Different kinds of violations have been documented, including physical and psychological abuse, denial of food and drink for consecutive days, enforcement to convert to another religion, and the sexual abuse of girls in front of their families. 

According to the latest statistics issued by the Directorate of Yezidis Affairs in the Kurdistan Region of Iraq, the number of the abducted individuals who escaped the grip of IS jihadists amounted to 1,628 people, 552 of them are children, 765 women, 311 men, while the fate of hundreds is still unknown.

In August 2014, the Islamic State group launched, a massive offensive on Shingal area in northwestern Iraq, which led to the displacement of tens of thousands of civilians from the Yezidi community, and the captivity of thousands of women to be sold in the slave markets in the areas under the group’s control. Mass executions were conducted by the group against Yezidi men, while dozens were obliged to convert to Islam and pledge allegiance to the radical group in order to survive.

Reporting by: Ali Isso

Source: ARA News

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