“I was married and divorced 9 times a night”: An Iraqi Christian woman narrates horrific experience in ISIS’ captivity

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An Iraqi Christian woman who spent days and night in ISIS captivity says she was married and divorced in a single night by the Islamic militants; in order to justify heinous sexual assaults by them. “They had me whenever they would desire it. Especially this one, Farouk, who was obsessed with me and he would say, ‘I like the people of Jesus,” she told the media in an interview.

Christians persecuted by ISIS

The Christian woman who managed to escape the hell-like captivity spoke with the charity group, In Defense of Christians (IDC). She told that she is in in 30s and is mother of 3 children. She said that she was kept in Mosul. She told that always prior to sexual assaults by the militants, she had to undergo sham marriage ceremonies which the ISIS tormentors, which they said gave them the permission to attack her.

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The woman could be seen shaking and sobbing in the video interview with the IDC, as she said, “What wedding? For them it was a wedding, but what kind of wedding is this?” she questioned. While recalling the horrific details of the time when Mosul fell into the hands of Islamic State, she said that her husband disappeared, and she went in search of him leaving two of her children with her neighbors.

“People were leaving, everyone was leaving, I mean, even the Muslims were leaving. But I didn’t have anybody and I had hope in my husband and I said to myself, ‘If I left, where would I go?” she said. However, she added that she did not where to flee so she was left with no other option but to stay back and in doing so, she was hooked by the ISIS militants.

She said that an ISIS fighter who was once her neighbor recognized her and helped her break away from the captivity. While remarking about her plight, the President of In Defense of Christians organization, Toufic Baaklini said this Christian woman’ story is not unusual, such stories of pathetic ordeals of Christian and Yazidi girls and women are common.