Accessibility links

Breaking News

Yazidi Woman Tells UN About Her Rape, Torture At Hands Of IS

A Yazidi woman captured last year by the Islamic State group told her tale of rape, torture, and sexual slavery before a meeting of the United Nations Security Council December 16.

Nadia Murad Basee, a 21-year-old woman from the Iraqi minority pleaded with the council to destroy IS for abducting her and thousands of other Yazidi women as "war bounty" and giving them to IS militants to use as sex slaves.

"Islamic State has made Yazidi women into flesh to be trafficked in," she said, recounting how she was abducted from her village in Iraq and transported to Mosul, which IS captured last year.

A man she was given to "forced me to serve as part of his military faction" and "humiliated me every day," including with beatings, she said.

She tried to flee several times, but was stopped by guards. Eventually she escaped and is now living in Germany. She said several of her brothers and most of the men in her village were killed by IS.

The UN is investigating whether IS committed genocide in trying to wipe out Yazidis, whose faith -- with elements of Christianity, Islam and Zoroastrianism -- it considers to be devil worship.

Based on reporting by Reuters and dpa