File photo of Haifa, a 36-year-old woman from Iraq’s Yazidi community who was taken as a sex slave by Islamic State group fighters, stands on a street during an interview with AFP journalists in the northern Iraqi city of Dohuk on November 17, 2016. (Photo: Getty Images)
New Delhi: She has lived through the horror of being a sex slave of the dreaded ISIS for 20 months. It is nothing short of a miracle that Lamya Aji Bashar Taha is still alive. The young Yazidi girl was sold among the ISIS terrorists five times.
Abused repeatedly and forced to make weapons and suicide vests, she tried to flee several times before she actually managed to escape from their clutches. Each time she was recaptured, she went through the horror of more punishment and abuse.
A disfigured face and virtually lost vision are the physical scars that tell the world of her past ordeal. She was captured from her village in Sinjar, North Iraq in 2014.
The men in the village were killed, including her father. The women and children were captured and tortured, said Lamya while speaking to reporters in New Delhi.
She is in India to participate in a talk titled ‘The New Wave of Global Terror’. She finally managed to escape after her relatives paid money to smugglers who helped her. But during the rescue act, two other girls died in a landmine blast.
Lamya warns the Indian youngsters who are being indoctrinated online by ISIS to beware. She spells out in no uncertain terms, “they (ISIS) are monsters”. She says they physically abuse children as young as 9 years. They hold slave markets where they sell and buy women and children.
What came as a rude shock for the country a few weeks ago was the killing of an India youth from Kerala in a drone strike in Afghanistan. Hafeesuddin had left home, along with 20 other youths from Kerala, to join the dreaded terror outfit. Last year, the government informed Parliament that 68 ISIS supporters and sympathisers were arrested by the NIA.