Raped and tortured by IS, Yazidi women recover in Germany



    Raped and tortured by IS, Yazidi women recover in Germany

    Aug.23, Berlin: The Yazidi girl had been in the safety of a refugee camp in Iraq for two weeks when she imagined she heard the voices of Islamic State fighters outside her tent, local media reports said.

    Petrified by the thought of again facing rape and abuse at their hands, 17-year-old Yasmin vowed to make herself undesirable. So she doused herself in gasoline and lit a match. The flames burned her hair and face, peeling away her nose, lips and ears.

    That was her state when German doctor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan found her in a refugee camp in northern Iraq last year — physically disfigured and mentally so scarred that she had falsely thought her former captors were coming for her.

    Now 18, Yasmin is one of 1,100 women, mainly of the Yazidi religious minority, who have escaped IS captivity and are in Germany for psychological treatment. The pioneering program that Kizilhan helps run, which has attracted international attention, tries to address a basic problem: Long after the women are rescued, the trauma remains, the Associated Press reported.

    Tens of thousands of Yazidis fled to the mountains, where the militants surrounded them in the scorching summer heat. The U.S., Iraq, Britain, France and Australia flew in water and other supplies, but many Yazidis died before they could be rescued.

    The Oslo Times International News Network