Brave Yazidi Ex-Sex Slave Confronts Her ISIS Rapist. What Did She Tell him?

Published December 2nd, 2019 - 10:10 GMT
Ashwaq's heartbreaking face off was revealed in footage recorded by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service and broadcasted on Iraqi TV. (Video Screenshot)
Ashwaq's heartbreaking face off was revealed in footage recorded by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service and broadcasted on Iraqi TV. (Video Screenshot)
Highlights
Ashwaq Hajji Hameed was kidnapped, sold into slavery and abused at 14 by ISIS.

This is the moment a brave Yazidi former sex slave finally confronted her ISIS rapist, after previously fleeing Germany and returning to Iraq when she bumped into him in the street in Stuttgart.

Ashwaq Hajji Hameed was kidnapped, sold into slavery and abused at the age of 14, but started a new life in Europe after fleeing ISIS. 

However, she revealed last year that her slaver and rapist, Abu Humam, had stopped her in the street in Stuttgart and said he knew where she lived.

Ashwaq said she 'wanted to leave Germany immediately' after the encounter and said she 'felt better staying in a refugee camp' in Iraq with her father after meeting her slaver.

Now, with Abu Humam arrested and in Iraqi custody, a sobbing Ashwaq was finally able to confront him, telling the ISIS former fighter that he had ruined her life when he raped her. 

In the dramatic confrontation, Ashwaq demanded Abu Humam held his head up and look her in the eye - though he failed to do so, with the ISIS thug crying as he ignored her. 

The brave woman asked her attacker 'why did you do that to me?', before collapsing to the ground at the end of the confrontation. 

Ashwaq's heartbreaking face off was revealed in footage recorded by the Iraqi National Intelligence Service and broadcasted on Iraqi TV last night was shared on social media.

In the clip, Ashwaq said: 'Raise your head. Why did you do that to me? Why? Because I'm Yazidi?

'I was 14-years-old when you raped me. Raise your head.

'Do you have a sister? Do you have feelings? Do you have any honour? I was 14-years-old.

'The age of your daughter! The age of your son! The age of your sister!

'You've destroyed my life. You took everything from me. Everything I dreamed of.  

'But now you know what torture is, what it's like to be tortured, what loneliness is. If you had any sense, any feelings, you wouldn't have raped me when i was 14-years-old.

'I was the age of your son, the age of your daughter.'

Abu Humam refused to look at Ashwaq during the face-off, the brave Yazidi collapsing to the ground afterwards.  

It is hoped that the encounter and Abu Humam's incarceration will finally bring some closure to Ashwaq. 

It is unclear how Abu Humam came to be imprisoned in Iraq, though German authorities had promised to investigate after Ashwaq revealed she had met him in Germany. 

In 2018, speaking in a Facebook video, she said she had seen the man in 2016 and then again two years later in Schwäbisch Gmünd in south-western Germany.

She told police and asylum officials about the encounter and although they identified the man from CCTV they said there was nothing they could do because he was also registered as a refugee. 


The Yazidi genocide of 2014 saw ISIS storm into the Sinjar region of Iraq, home to hundreds of thousands of Yazidis, and slaughter thousands.

Ashwaq's father said the family had been unable to flee the advancing terrorists who ordered them to convert to Islam.

She and 65 other family members were driven to Shaddadiya in Syria where they were put in a three-storey building under the watchful eyes of the ISIS militants.

Ashwaq, a teenager,  was sold to Abu Human, a Syrian ISIS member, for $100. 

After repeated rape, torture and abuse, she said she had slipped pills into her captors' food to escape in the middle of the night, walking for 14 hours to Mount Sinjar where other Yazidis had found safety.

She moved to Germany in June 2015, started to go to school and learn the German language and was provided with medical and psychological care and treatment.

But although her mother had told her that 'this is Germany and no one could ever hurt you' she revealed she was so scared by her meeting with her former captor that she could not stay in the country. 

She said in a video she had pretended to be Turkish after he had spoken to her in German and Arabic and told her: 'I know where you live'.

Two months later, Ashwaq left Germany and returned to live with her father in the refugee camp in Kurdish Iraq.

Her father, 53-year-old Haji Hamid Ta'lo, told Mail Online: 'I'm not happy that Ashwaq is back here in Iraq to live with me in a refugee camp along with 2276 or so people without electricity, without comfort, without any hope.

'Why should I be glad about that? It's a terrible catastrophe but, it's the will of God.' 

This article has been adapted from its original source.

 


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