Teen who set herself on fire to save herself from becoming an ISIS sex slave

Written by  Published by:Shiite News
Published in Iraq
Saturday, 27 August 2016


A TEENAGE girl refugee deliberately set herself on fire, horrifically burning off her face because she was terrified ISIS thugs were coming to rape her.

The girl had been in the safety of a refugee camp in Iraq for two weeks when she imagined she heard the voices of Islamic State fighters outside her tent.

Petrified by the thought of again facing rape and abuse at their hands, 17-year-old Yasmin vowed to make herself undesirable.

The tragic teen doused herself in petrol before lighting a match. The flames burned her hair and face, peeling away her nose, lips and ears.

When she was found by German doctor Jan Ilhan Kizilhan last year she was physically disfigured and mentally so scarred that she had falsely thought her former captors were coming for her.

Now 18, Yasmin is one of 1,100 women, mainly of the Yazidi religious minority, who have escaped ISIS captivity and are in Germany for psychological treatment.

Recalling her ordeal today, Yasmin said: “Of course I want to go there and be safe, and be the old Yasmin again.”

It was on August 3, 2014, that ISIS fighters swept into the Sinjar region of northern Iraq, home to the majority of the world’s Yazidis. They rounded up the Yazidis into three groups: Young boys who were made to fight for ISIS, older males who were killed if they didn’t convert to Islam, and women and girls sold into slavery, like Yasmin.

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