Young Yazidi women, who were captured by ISIS terrorists in Iraq and were found to be already pregnant, were forced to undergo unsafe abortions by the terror group's gynecologists before being sold as sex slaves, according to three Yazidis who managed to escape their evil captors.
Three young Yazidis, who now live in the refugee camps of Dohuk in Iraq, told their tragic stories to CNN, even as hundreds of other abducted women and girls remain in the clutches of the Islamic State terror group, also known as ISIS or ISIL.
"One of my friends was pregnant. Her child was about three months in the womb. They took her into another room. There were two doctors and they did the abortion," a 21-year-old Yazidi woman was quoted as saying.
"Afterwards, they brought her back. I asked her what happened and how they did it. She said the doctors told her not to speak," she said, adding that abortions were done by ISIS' own gynecologists and it left her friend bleeding heavily.
"She could not talk or walk. She was the first. After that, they took the pregnant women and put them in a separate house," she said.
Girls and women would be lined up for "inspection," a 16-year-old girl recalled, saying her "belly, teeth, breasts" were examined by ISIS men.
A 22-year-old woman said the man who took her as his "wife" showed her a letter, days after taking her, which said that a captured woman will become Muslim if 10 ISIS fighters rape her.
The ISIS man then raped her, and gave her to his friends. "I was passed on to 11 others."
Yazidi women and girls were abducted from Iraq's Sinjar province last August. Many of them were later sold, given as gifts, or bartered for weapons. Some of them committed suicide, while a few others made unsuccessful attempts.
ISIS is an al-Qaeda offshoot which has gained control over large territories in Iraq and Syria. The Yazidi minority is one of its main targets, along with Christians.
There are about 600,000 Yazidis in Iraq, who consider themselves to be Kurds ethnically and live mostly in north-central Ninevah province and northeastern Iraqi Kurdistan.
Yazidis believe that God governs the world through seven angels with "Malak Tawous," or Peacock Angel, as the leader, who disobeyed God's command to bow down to humanity but was forgiven and made the head angel due to his devotion. Therefore, Yazidis are accused of worshipping the Devil, or Satan, as the leader angel resembles Satan in Abrahamic texts.
The ISIS aims to form a Caliphate in the Levant, a region also known as the Eastern Mediterranean, through "jihad," and has asked minorities to flee, convert to Islam, or be killed.
An all-female police force of ISIS recently released a manifesto which was laced with references to the Islamic scriptures, encouraging girls as young as 9 to marry Jihadis and asking women to remain "hidden and veiled" and serve their "masters.
"It is considered legitimate for a girl to be married at the age of nine. Most pure girls will be married by sixteen or seventeen, while they are still young and active," it said.
In its English propaganda publication, ISIS earlier sought to justify its barbarity, saying it is "Islamic" to capture and forcibly make "infidel" women sexual slaves.
"Before Shaytan [Satan] reveals his doubts to the weak-minded and weak hearted, one should remember that enslaving the families of the kuffar [infidels] and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Sharia that if one were to deny or mock, he would be denying or mocking the verses of the Qur'an and the narration of the Prophet … and thereby apostatizing from Islam," stated the ISIS' glossy propaganda magazine "Dabiq," named after a site in Muslim apocalypse mythology.