ISIS fighter lined up three Yazidi sex slaves naked every morning


By Mark Ellis —

Another 14-year-old Yazidi girl held by ISIS (Hassan Haji; Washington Post)
Another 14-year-old Yazidi girl held by ISIS (Hassan Haji; Washington Post)

A harrowing account by a 17-year-old Yazidi girl held as a sex slave by ISIS speaks to the injustices suffered by over 5,000 Yazidi women and children abducted by ISIS since August, 2014.

“Suzan” was held captive by an ISIS fighter known as Al-Russiyah, who kept several women as sex slaves, according to an interview she conducted with Delal Sindy, a Swedish-Kurdish activist that appeared in Rudaw, a Kurdish media news source.

“He lined the three of us up naked every morning. He would then choose who he wanted for the day,” said Suzan, who added that Al-Russiyah would smell each of the young women.

After the leader chose his victim, his bodyguards selected from the remaining women for themselves.

“They were terrible. They beat me and would come at least two together,” she said.

Delal Sindy
Delal Sindy

Ironically, Suzan wanted to be chosen by Al-Russiyah because he didn’t hit the women as the others did.

“It was like choosing between death and death,” she told the Swedish-Kurdish activist.

Before she was sold to Al-Russiyah, Suzan was held captive in the Galaxy Hotel in Mosul. The hotel was filled with women and girls, kept confined half naked or semi-naked.

“The day me and my 10-year-old sister were sold was the last day I saw my mother. I will never forget when she started crying and pulling her hair when they took us.”

Then she was transferred to the ISIS stronghold in Raqqa, Syria, where she and dozens of other young women were examined to determine if they were still virgins.

“The virgins were taken to a room with 30-40 men. They lined us up and pointed who they wanted,” she said.

“I thought I might be lucky, I was not as beautiful as the others,” Suzan recounted.

But within 10 minutes she was purchased by Al-Russiyah, a Chechen, who also bought two other girls.

Suzan reported daily rapes by Al-Russiyah and his bodyguards. They forced her to recite from the Quran during the sexual assaults, and if she refused she was beaten.

On one occasion when she resisted, they burned her thigh with boiling water.

Mercifully, Al-Russiyah and his bodyguards were wounded in fighting against Kurdish soldiers near Shingal, and Suzan and a number of other captives were able to escape.

Some girls ran back to ISIS because they were afraid. Another young woman who attempted to escape had her legs cut off, Suzan said.

After running for three days, Suzan made it to safety, but psychologically, she is still traumatized. “I do not understand why I escaped. I have nothing left. I wish they had killed me instead,” she told Sindy.

Suzan’s father is dead and she has no information about the rest of her family.

“What do I have to live for? I try to forget everything, but when I close my eyes I see them before me and I want to kill myself.”

Suzan’s uncle has threatened to kill her if he found out that ISIS sexually abused her and “tainted” her honor.

Suzan is currently three-months pregnant and says she doesn’t know what to do.


  1. Suzan you survived because you are loved by God! 🙂 What happened to you was evil and not good. God is an emotional God and he is weaping on your behalf. I’m hoping you will hang on to the promises of God and rest in his perfect peace. I wish I could give you a hug and tell you that you will have better days♡. Days of joy. Days of strength. Days that you are thankful for your life. I’m praying for you and you are a miracle to me. God bless you.

    • Your Christian God was also used when thousands of Christian Crusaders raped Pagan Women….

      It’s time for an end to all Abrahamic religious beliefs…

  2. This is beyond horrific … how brave of her to speak out … perhaps that is why she survived and escaped … to tell anyone who will listen … I pray she finds safety with those who can care for her, and new hope with this child … conceived in violence, but still an innocent life in need of care and protection just as she is … I will be praying for her from here forward, and hope to meet her with Jesus some day.

  3. Suzan,
    I know it’s difficult what you went through and I can’t imagine. my heart goes out to you. I pray God brings you healing and impact to you the assurance that inspire of what happened to you, He still loves yoi.

  4. It’s so horrible and terrible to hear what’s going with women , specially Yezdi women’s. My heart feels out after hearing such story and imagine about them who are suffering . These ISIS Muslim DEVILS who are killing , raping innocent people are telling whole world that we are Muslims and we are so cruel and hate humanity. It’s high time for Muslim family’s , muslim mullas to think deeply what’s wrong in there preaching , why there children’s are so cruel ? Is it time to re design your religion or add some good things from other religion to make your children actual human beings. Moreover the most and last important thing is MUSLIMS ARE NOT HAPPY IN THEIR OWN COUNTRIES , MUSLIMS ARE NOT HAPPY IN OTHER COUNTRIES , LOOK OUT FRANCE WHATS GOING THEIR . HIGH TIME TO THINK


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