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The Quint: I managed To Get Away From IS Militants: ISIS Survivor

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Note: The ISIS survivor, Lamiya Ali Bashar has agreed to her being identified by her original name to AP. Lamiya Aji Bashar tried to escape her tormentors four times. After each attempt failed, her Islamic State group captors beat her and abused her even more. On the fifth attempt, in March, the young Yazidi woman who was kept as a sex slave by IS militants in Iraq and Syria thought she had finally made it to freedom. But as she and two other Yazidi girls escaping with her neared Kurdish front lines in northern Iraq, one of them stepped on a land mine. The explosion killed the other two, whom Bashar only knew as 20-year-old Katherine and 8-year-old Almas. The guide who was smuggling them out saved her and brought her to Kurdish forces, she said. Bashar lost her right eye in the blast, her face was left covered in scars and her damaged left eye needs treatment to save what’s left of her sight. But the defiant 18-year-old sees it as a victory over the men who abused her. “The main thing is that I survived,” she told The Associated Press, sitting on a bed in her uncle Idris Bashar’s home in the northern Iraqi town of Baadre. “I managed in the end, thanks to God, I managed to get away from those infidels,” she added. Bashar’s whole family was abducted on August 15, 2014, from their home in the village of Kocho near the town of Sinjar, a Yazidi enclave in Iraq that fell to IS when the Sunni extremist group overran large swaths of the country’s north and west that summer. She said IS militants separated and took them to different places. Bashar doesn’t know what happened to her parents, who are presumed dead. Her 9-year-old sister Mayada remains a captive of the IS group somewhere in the self-styled caliphate the extremists proclaimed on territory they control in Syria and Iraq. The horror of the 19 months Bashar spent as a sex slave with IS extremists left her deeply traumatised, but she came through the ordeal determined to tell her story. According to Kurdish local government figures, 2,554 Yazidi men and women have been rescued from IS group captivity with the help of paid smugglers. Over 3,000 are thought to remain in captivity, almost all of them women - and that’s despite the Islamic State group’s recent territorial losses to Kurdish and Iraqi troops, aided by US-led coalition airstrikes. (With inputs from AP) Video: AP Music: Big Bang Fuzz
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Text Comments (21)
Amit Singh (1 month ago)
such a beautiful young girl, how can they do such savagery to her... 😠😠😠 god bless her and may she fully recover... ❤❤❤
Manish Kumar (6 months ago)
I love to be an indian.... There is every religion in india. They are living peacefully, that's why its incredible india...but muslims are killing other religions people, thats not fair... I proud my country... I hate to isis rats..
Hope Dream (8 months ago)
Thanks prophet Mohammed for your mercy
Dare Angel (10 months ago)
I feel bad... Seriously, turn on captions while she speaks..
rob bushman (10 months ago)
All this misery in the name of God, thats what all this is about....God is nothing but a cunt
Martina You know (1 year ago)
I am so sorry for what happened. My heart is with you all.
Andi Pat (1 year ago)
mga hayop
Wulfmenhoff (2 years ago)
Very very sad -2016 and the world is like in the middle age.Unbelievable what humans do to others. Hope the very best to the young lady.
aka AAA (2 years ago)
Hey Obama and Clinton. You tell us about how you are supportive of women. Take in these Christian Yazidis instead of all the Syrians you are so proud of. These Yazidis have been persecuted, enslaved and raped when you carelessly pulled out of Iraq. Help them.
Petey SD (2 years ago)
What a shame that some people are such fucking savages. It breaks my heart to see this beautiful young lady has suffered so much pain in her young age. I wish her well
Florida Gator (2 years ago)
If you're going to blame a US politician for ISIS, I would start with Obama and Hillary. Don't forget they supported Sunni terrorists in Syria, sent weapons to them to toppled Russian backed Bashar al-Assad, Sure I would also blame Bush for going into Iraq, but don't forget, it was under weak and Obama ISIS came to power.
Heather Larson (2 years ago)
Can I hold Bush and Blair accountable for this crime? They are the ones creating the mess in Iraq, humiliating Muslims, which led to ISIS.
Z Tree1 (11 months ago)
This is Islam.
shmodzilla (1 year ago)
Dude really? You need to look farther than 10 years into Iraqs history, ffs.
Florida Gator (2 years ago)
If you're going to blame a US politician for ISIS, I would start with Obama and Hillary. Don't forget they supported Sunni terrorists in Syria, sent weapons to them to toppled Russian backed Bashar al-Assad, Sure I would also blame Bush for going into Iraq, but don't forget, it was under weak and Obama ISIS came to power.
TheDAT573 (2 years ago)
Isn't there anyway to help this young lady? Bring her to the U.S. have doctors look at her injuries and help her. This is horrifying.
ant Holm (2 years ago)
I feel so bad for her it makes me cry a grown man. I was in the middle east when I was in the army a few years ago and these beast do these such things often. my God I wish I could help her.
shmodzilla (1 year ago)
Me to man. I was in Iraq in 07 and we had such a good hold on it. When we retook Muqdadiya so many people came out of hiding to shake my hand and thank me,giving us food and tea. Then they fucking let it goto shit and breaks my heart knowing they had to go through it again
fabio previatti (2 years ago)
islam is disgraceful
Harp Arp (11 months ago)
Islam is not disgraceful, it's the piece of shit people who make it look bad.
C F (1 year ago)
You can blame Islam if you want, but rape, murder, and enslavement was present before Islam. These people want to go back to the 7th century.

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