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Yazidi girl who escaped ISIS recounts horror of being stalked by her captor – in GERMANY

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A Yazidi teenager who was kidnapped by ISIS in 2014 and sold as a sex slave fled to Germany after escaping the clutches of an Islamic State jihadist. It was in the Western country where she again encountered her captor who sold her into slavery.

Ashwaq Haji, 19, was so traumatized over seeing the man on two occasions that she returned to Northern Iraq, France 24 reported.

“First, I thought it’s him. Abu Humam. But then I thought that can’t be possible,” she said in an interview, after encountering the man in 2016.

Haji said she saw him a second time earlier this year and he approached her.

“He told me he was Abu Humam. I told him I didn’t know him, and then he started talking to me in Arabic,” Haji said, adding that he asked her if she is Ashwaq. “He told me: ‘Don’t lie, I know very well that you’re Ashwaq.'”

She then said the man told her he knows she lives with her brother and mother and even repeated her address.

She moved back to Iraq with family to avoid seeing her captor again but they live in fear because he has family in Baghdad, Haji said.

Thousands of Yazidi women were killed or sold off as sex slaves in the ancestral region of Sinjar, where Haji is from, the French news outlet noted. The teen has five brothers and a sister still missing since being captured by ISIS.

Haji said other Yazidi girls now living in Germany who had been held in slavery have seen their captors.

She also said German police were not too helpful when she reported the incident.

“The police told me that he is also a refugee, just like me, and that they could not do anything about it,” Haji said. “They just gave me a phone number that I could contact in case Abu Humam ever stopped me.”

Tom Tillison


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