(by Yaron Steinbuch, NEW YORK POST) -- Two Yazidi sisters decided to take matters into their own hands when they were in the clutches of ISIS terrorists — trying to strangle each other to death rather than being sold as wives to the murderous thugs.
Wafa, 27, and her sister were among hundreds of women from the religious minority community in Iraq who were captured when ISIS took over the town of Sinjar in August, the Daily Mail reported.
“The man who was holding us said that either we marry him and his brother or he would sell us. At night we tried to strangle ourselves,” Wafa said. “Two girls who were held with us woke up and stopped us and then stayed awake to watch over us. When they fell asleep at 5 a.m. we tried again, and again they woke up and stopped us. I could not speak for several days after that.”
Amnesty International revealed the shocking incident in a report that has found Yazidi girls are being raped, sold and forced into marriages. Many try killing themselves but the cruel captors threaten to kill their relatives if they commit suicide.
Another woman, Luna, 20, recounted how another captive, Jilan, took her own life rather than being forced to marry a goon.
“We were 21 girls in one room, two of them were very young, 10 to 12 years old,” Luna said. “One day we were given clothes that looked like dance costumes and were told to bathe and wear those clothes. Jilan killed herself in the bathroom.
“She cut her wrists and hanged herself. She was very beautiful. I think she knew that she was going to be taken away by a man and that is why she killed herself.”
The United Nations estimates that about 5,000 men were executed, while 7,000 women were sold as slaves, forced into marriage and raped by ISIS fighters, who believe Yazidis are devil worshippers.
A man may have sex with a Yazidi virgin “immediately after taking possession of her,” but “her uterus must be purified first” if she is not a virgin, according to an online ISIS question-and-answer.
About 300 Yazidi women have managed to escape since Sinjar was overrun. Amnesty International spoke with 42 of them and called four who are still being held captive.
Arwa, 15, said she and her 13-year-old cousin were captured and given to an Iraqi man.
“We were held in a house with five other girls. There they did to me what they did to many other girls. I was raped,” Arwa said. “My cousin was not molested; they wanted to take her to marry her to a man, but in the end they left her with us and then we managed to escape. The others were raped. The men were all Iraqis. They said that if we killed ourselves, they would kill our relatives.”
An Amnesty International spokesman said: “Despite worldwide condemnation, the IS has shown no intention of putting an end to the war crimes and crimes against humanity which its fighters have been committing on a large scale, including against the Iraqi women and girls they have abducted and continue to hold captive.”