Sold as slaves with her two children, traded like livestock and repeatedly raped.
Leila Taalo’s story is one of many bitter experiences occasioned by the beastly ISIS, after the terror group took control in 2014, with many girls and women kidnapped, yet to return to their homes.
Not much has been heard of ISIS like they were before, but the terror group still poses threat in many places around the world.
According to a report by CBN News, Leila was kidnapped by ISIS six years ago, along with her entire family.
She belongs to the ancient Yazidi people who were brutally oppressed by ISIS when the group went on rampage in the area in 2014.
After her capture from their home in Sinjar, Leila’s family were forcibly converted to Islam, while working as herders for the Islamic State alongside other Yazidis.
“This is the room where my husband and I were living, all these houses where filled of Yazidi families, they were living here,” Leila told CBN Journalists, while showing the ruins of a now deserted community.
Her husband who was confined into a room with her was taken away after some Yazidis escaped. The militants gathered the men and took them away, never to be seen again. Many were killed and dumped into a sinkhole, with their bodies left to rot in the mud.
Without her husband protection, Leila, together with her two children were sold as slaves and traded like livestock, repeatedly raped by every owner.
She became pregnant twice, but the Saudi man responsible forced her to abort the babies.
Leila Taalo was finally released after her family paid a ransom of over $19,000, and had been abused by at least seven different men.
“I wish I was back in the past, even if I was in the hands of the Islamic State. At least I was living with my family here, my brothers and my husband were alive.
“No matter how long, five years or more, as long as we are together and not separated. Regardless of the suffering and no matter what happens. But not to lose them. When I was here, I never thought that one day I would be free. Now I am here and I am free, thank God. But I will never forget the suffering they caused us,” Leila said.
Dr. Anne Speckhard, Director of the International Study for Violent Extremism, has interviewed a number of escaped Yazidi women and their families.
“One Yazidi family I spoke to was step-by-step buying their daughters back from ISIS. And it tells you there is something corrupt and horrible going on that ISIS is still able to operate.
“ISIS treated these women as sub-human, subjected them to rape, and treated them as slaves,” Speckhard said.
While abuse of women continues in many places, only under ISIS and some other terrorist groups was it given a theological justification.
Recently in Nigeria, rape cases have been on the increase, including that of Uwaila Vera Omozuwa, a student of University of Benin, who was gang raped and killed in a RCCG church.
According to this report, over 717 rape cases have been recorded in Nigeria in between January and May, 2020.