The women who converted to Islam were not spared from being raped.
“Immediately after that, they took us to stay in the houses of a Shiite village that had been abandoned when its inhabitants fled. Then, one day an elderly man came into my neighbor’s house. This neighbor had a beautiful daughter who was ten years old. The elderly man took her by her hair and dragged her out of the house despite the fact that her mother was crying. A while later the girl was returned completely exhausted. Due to the fact that I had become Muslim, I was allowed speak to them. So, I told them that no religion would accept such behavior; especially Islam. However, they told me that this behavior is permitted in Islam because the Prophet Muhammad married Aisha when she was only nine years old.
“The wives and mothers were also not spared from being raped, even when they had converted to Islam. On another night they took four young girls and when they were returned their genitals were covered with blood. The girls told us that a man had anesthetized them with some kind of chloroform to prevent them from resisting, and attached them to the blades of fans so that they would lose their balance.
“Then, one of our women slit her wrists, but they were able to treat her wounds and then raped her later. When three women committed suicide by hanging themselves with their hijabs, they would not allow any other women to wear one. It was at this time that I understood that converting to Islam would not protect us. So, I decided to escape with three other men. Sometime later we met up with members of the Peshmerga who then took us to this camp in Dohuk.
“According to ISIS militants we were worse than animals and we were infidels. As for our women, they were considered spoils of war. These ISIS militants are obsessed with sex.”
This article appeared in Aleteia’s Arabic edition and was translated by Donald Puhlman.