Daesh sells 42 Yazidi women to militants in Syria

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Iraqi Yazidi women who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar. (AFP/Safin Hamed)Iraqi Yazidi women who fled the violence in the northern Iraqi town of Sinjar. (AFP/Safin Hamed)
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Daesh (ISIS) has sold its militants in Syria dozens of Yazidi women it had abducted in Iraq last year.

According to the Syrian Observatory for Human Rights, 42 women, which had been treated as “slaves” by the militants, were sold “for between $500 (447 euros) and $2,000 (1,785 euros)” in Syria’s eastern province of Deir Ezzor.

Hundreds of women and girls were abducted last year by Daesh following the fall of the Iraqi city of Sinjar, mainly populated by Yazidi Kurds.

The UK-based rights group further said that earlier this month the abducted Yazidi women were brought to the town of Mayadin in the Syrian province, which is under the control of the group.

The Daesh attacks against the Yazidis’ hometown last year displaced tens of thousands of people, including the elderly and children, many of whom perished while left stranded in the mountains.

“Some were abducted with their children but we do not know their fate,” said the director of the Observatory, Rami Abdel Rahman.

The United Nations has said that the group’s atrocities against the Yazidi Kurds may amount to genocide.

In May, Zainab Bangura, the special representative of the UN secretary general on sexual violence in conflict, said that the group is committing horrendous crimes against women, particularly against the Yazidi community.

The extremists currently control parts of Syria and Iraq. They have threatened all communities, including Shiites, Sunnis, Kurds, Christians, Yazidi Kurds and others, as they continue their atrocities in Iraq and Syria.

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