Global attention has turned to Iraq where Islamic militants have taken over sections of Iraq. The human rights abuses are startling, and women and girls have been under systematic attack and at risk of unspeakable horrors.
Several Yazidi girls, kidnapped by militants from the Islamic State (ISIS) in Iraq, have been able to flee from their captors and have, miraculously, made it to Kurdish-controlled territory.
Adeba Shaker, only 14 years old, and another girl were being held at a house in Raabia, Iraq by a gang of ISIS militants. Adeba had been trafficked from her village in northern Iraq, taken to the Syrian border and given as a “gift” to fighters on the front line. She was to be forcibly converted from her faith and sold into marriage.
Realizing the gamble of asking the wrong person, Shaker nonetheless followed his instructions. Thankfully, the neighbor they asked directed the girls to the border, a front-line location itself.
Shaker says, “I couldn’t walk straight, my legs were shaking and my heart was beating so fast. We ran and walked and we never looked back.”
“I was crying and laughing at the same time,” she said. “We were free.”