Nineteen young women executed for refusing sex with ISIS fighters


By Mark Ellis

Yazidi girl who escaped ISIS from Mt Sinjar
Yazidi girl who escaped ISIS from Mt Sinjar

ISIS executed 19 young women because they refused to engage in ‘sexual jihad’ with their fighters, a Kurdish official said.

The women were being held in the terror group’s stronghold of Mosul in Iraq.

“The girls get peddled like barrels of petrol,” according to a report in Bloomberg News. “One girl can be sold and bought by five or six different men. Sometimes these fighters sell the girls back to their families for thousands of dollars of ransom.”

There has been internal conflict within ISIS recently over money and the way captured women are distributed.

Yazidi girl holds brother, waits for bread in Dohuk refugee camp
Yazidi girl holds brother, waits for bread in Dohuk refugee camp

Moreover, a UN envoy investigating sexual violence in the region verified an ISIS pamphlet that gives prices for the purchase of women. The cost for boys and girls aged one to nine is approximately $165. Adolescent girls are priced at $124 and the price goes down for women over 20.

ISIS abducted hundreds of Yazidi women last year when they stormed northern Iraq. The Yazidis are a Kurdish religious group that ISIS considers heretics, because of their belief system rooted in Zoroastrianism.

There have been disturbing reports of Yazidi women and young girls being sold into sexual slavery, with the youngest fetching the highest price.

Last month, three Yazidi women who escaped ISIS spoke of the horror they experienced at the hands of the terrorist group.

One woman, Bushra (21), said she was raped repeatedly by the man who bought her.

Yazidi girl holds brother
Yazidi girl holds brother

“He told me he was going to rape me that same day, however ill I made myself. He took me home, tied up my hands and feet, and raped me,” she stated.

“He raped me about five times a day. My sister was barely 14 when they raped her. I could hear her screaming but I couldn’t do anything as I was tied up,” she recounted.

Amnesty International charges that ISIS has destroyed hundreds of Yazidi women’s lives.

Donatella Rovera, an advisor with Amnesty International, spoke to 40 Yazidi women who escaped in 2014, and said that what ISIS had done to them amounted to war crimes.

“Hundreds of Yezidi women and girls have had their lives shattered by the horrors of sexual violence and sexual slavery in IS captivity,” she said.


  1. My heart breaks each time I read a news item such as this. We Christians must unite in prayer and as a one voice to our national leaders to stop the genocide of our brothers and sisters.

    Darkness Spreads

    The clock has stopped,
    The spring unwound,
    Hear birds cry
    Their warning sound.
    Upon the earth,
    The darkness spreads.
    While kings close their eyes
    And turn their heads.

    Crashing waves
    And stone filled sand,
    Twenty one martyrs
    Stand man to man.
    Black draped evil
    With glinting knives,
    Stain water red
    As each man cries,
    Oh my Jesus
    Before he dies.

    Praise, yes praise, it can be heard
    While our cries of grief overflow.
    Our adversary roars,
    He paws the ground,
    The blood of martyrs
    Upon his mouth.
    He snarls his threat,
    Death to all
    Who call on Christ,
    Who bear the cross.

    The kings bemoan
    And beat their breast;
    They call for peace
    But get no rest.
    We’re seen as weak,
    They call us fools
    While our kings stand idly by
    Hoping their own will arise
    To stop the darkening tide.

    But God is not silent,
    Nor His hands tied,
    He’s calling us
    Christians to unite.
    The battle’s before you,
    Come be the light,
    To drive back the darkness
    Of this gathering night.

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