'I met my IS captor on a German street'
A Yazidi teenager sold into slavery by Islamic State has told the BBC of her horror soon after she escaped to Germany, only to come face-to-face with her captor in the street.
Ashwaq was only 14 when Islamic State fighters stormed into northern Iraq, including the heartland of the Yazidi individuals.
They took thousands of females as sex slaves, including Ashwaq – sold for $one hundred to a man named Abu Humam.
Raped and beaten, she managed to escape 3 months later and then went to Germany with her mother and one particular brother.
A couple of months ago, on the street outside a supermarket, she heard a person get in touch with out her name.
Ashwaq told the BBC: “On the way back to college a car pulled up subsequent to me. He was sitting in the front seat. He talked to me in German and asked: ‘Are you Ashwaq?’ I was so scared I was shaking. I mentioned: ‘No, who are you?'”
She mentioned he then replied: “I know you are Ashwaq, and I am Abu Humam.”
Ashwaq said he then began to talk to her in Arabic and told her not to lie to him.
“I know you, he stated. And where you reside and who you reside with. He knew every thing about my life in Germany.”
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She added: “I by no means in my life believed that I would see one thing like this in Germany.
“I left my family and my nation and went to Germany to neglect the beating and the discomfort. The final issue I anticipated was to meet my IS captor and that he would know every thing about me.”
‘It goes straight to your heart’
Germany’s federal prosecutor says Ashwaq reported the incident to the police 5 days after she stated it took location. Ashwaq says she told investigators every thing, such as her harrowing experiences in Iraq.
Officers created an e-match of the suspect and told her to get in touch with the police instantly if she saw Abu Humam once more.
She says she also told the police to verify the supermarket’s CCTV, but says this did not occur.
“I waited a complete month,” she says, but received no news.
Fearful that she would see her captor again and wishing to be reunited with four of her sisters who had because been rescued from IS, Ashwaq returned to northern Iraq, leaving behind the town of Schwäbisch Gmünd where she had hoped to start a new life.
“If you have not been through it, you won’t know what it is like… it goes straight to your heart,” she stated. “When a girl is raped by IS, you cannot think about what it is like when you see this guy again.”
‘Not an isolated case’
Frauke Köhler, a spokeswoman for Germany’s top court, says police produced every work to locate Abu Humam making use of the e-fit image and Ashwaq’s testimony, but had been unable to discover him.
By the time they contacted her once more in June this year as component of the investigation, Ashwaq had currently left for Iraq.
However, activists in Germany say her case may possibly not be an isolated incident.
Düzen Tekkal, an activist and the founder of Hawar.Support, a Berlin-based organisation which campaigns for Yazidi rights, says she has heard of several circumstances where female Yazidi refugees recognised IS fighters in Germany.
Ashwaq herself says she heard comparable accounts from other Yazidi girls who had escaped the jihadists.
Not all situations are reported to the authorities, nonetheless.
‘I would in no way go to Germany again’
Back in Kurdistan now living in a Yazidi camp, Ashwaq nonetheless wants to continue her education but both she and her family members also want to leave the nation.
“We’re scared of the people of IS,” her father told the BBC.
But her expertise in Germany has had a profound impact on Ashwaq.
“If the globe was destroyed, I would not go to Germany once more,” she mentioned.
Like several Yazidis, her loved ones is now applying to live in Australia as component of a unique programme for women abducted by IS.
Published at Sat, 18 Aug 2018 01:03:18 +0000